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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

AP Rutgers preview: Mike Rice looking ahead, not back

The Associated Press chimed in today with its Rutgers preview, which is posted in part below:

PISCATAWAY — Dwelling on the players who chose to leave the basketball program is a waste of time for new Rutgers coach Mike Rice.

With the season opener set for Nov. 12 at Ivy League favorite Princeton, there is no time for the Scarlet Knights to think about what might have been.

They face the task of rebuilding one of the worst programs in the Big East Conference and they will have to do it without guard Mike Rosario or big man, Greg Echenique, who both transferred out of the program last season.

"Truthfully, I am not really worried about any of that," sophomore guard Dane Miller said. "Every man needs to do what they think is best for them. I sat down with my mom after Mike and Greg left to blueprint our plans, but I wasn't going to leave. I felt like I committed here in 11th grade for a reason. We decided that it would be better for me to stay."

Rosario, the team's leading scorer last season, transferred to Florida last spring. He was one of 12 players to leave the school since former head coach Fred Hill took over for Gary Waters in 2006.

Impressed by Rice, who led Robert Morris to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances out of the Northeast Conference, Miller recommitted himself and returns as the go-to player on offense.

"I am not going to be the only player teams will have to worry about," Miller said. "When they try and stop me, we'll have a counter for it."

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