New Jersey four-star guard Zoe Brooks is NC State bound

Zoe Brooks commits to ACC powerhouse North Carolina State.

Zoe Brooks, one of the top class of 2023 recruits in the country and a standout on the New Jersey prep basketball scene, announced on Friday that she is committing to North Carolina State.

A star at powerhouse Saint John Vianney, Brooks had a final three that included Boston College and Miami in addition to North Carolina State. According to ESPN.com, Brooks is a four-star recruit and the No. 33 player in the country. She is ranked as the second-best player in New Jersey.

Last week, Brooks broke down her recruitment including her thoughts on Rutgers women’s basketball. She said that the communication from the Scarlet Knights has died down significantly in recent weeks.

In the interview, Brooks said:

“I never heard from Rutgers. Maybe the new staff believed it was too late in the recruitment process to offer me. I’m not really sure, but I know they will build a successful program if they go after the top players in New Jersey.”

North Carolina State is a juggernaut women’s basketball program. The Wolfpack went 32-4 last year and lost in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament to UConn.

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*A source close to the situation says that new Rutgers women’s basketball head coach Washington did make contact with the AAU coach for Brooks and had made plans to recruit her within her first week on the job. Brooks had already made her college decision by then.

 

What’s up with four star Zoe Brooks and her commitment this week? What programs are in the mix?

Zoe Brooks breaks down what programs did and didn’t make her final three ahead of Friday’s announcement of her college decision.

Four-star guard Zoe Brooks is announcing her college decision on Friday. One of the top women’s basketball players in the nation is set to draw a close to her recruitment.

The phenom had been heavily recruited by former Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer’s staff. Two weeks ago, the Scarlet Knights announced Coquese Washington as the new head coach, replacing the recently retired Stringer.

Brooks has been a starter Saint John Vianney High School (Holmdel, N.J. since her freshman season for what is one of the top programs in the nation. According to ESPN.com, she is the No. 33 player in the nation.

She’s been all-state for three straight seasons and last year was named a junior All-American by MaxPreps.

Last week, Brooks was a part of the USA Basketball Camp ahead of this summer’s U17 Women’s World Cup.

Brooks is a high-character young person and isn’t the type to miss class, holding a 3.5 G.P.A. Her announcement will be made in the afternoon on-campus at Saint John Vianney.

Check out what Zoe Brooks had to say about her commitment and what programs are in the mix for her final decision.

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Four-star Zoe Brooks, a Rutgers basketball target, set to announce this week

Rutgers women’s basketball recruit Zoe Brooks will make her college announcement mid-week.

Zoe Brooks will announce her college decision on Thursday, the four-star guard set to wrap up her national recruitment.

The decision draws a close to Brooks’ recruitment where she was one of the most heavily pursued guards in the nation. A class of 2023 standout at Saint John Vianney High School (Holmdel, N.J.), Brooks has been a multi-year star and starter for one of the top programs in the nation. According to ESPN.com, she is the No. 33 player in the nation.

She’s been all-state for three straight seasons and last year was named a junior All-American by MaxPreps.

Last week in an interview with RutgersWire, Brooks provided an update on her recruitment:

“I have 10 schools that I hear from on a consistent basis. They are Boston College, Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State North Carolina State, Penn State, Seton Hall, USC, Syracuse and West Virginia. Rutgers would be considered. It’s a good school.”

It is unclear if Rutgers is in the mix as one of her finalists.

 

It has been a whirlwind month for the Rutgers women’s basketball program. Legendary head coach C. Vivian Stringer announced her retirement in May, drawing a close to a hall of fame career where she turned the Scarlet Knights into a national program that consistently made deep runs into the NCAA Tournament.

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Two weeks ago, Rutgers announced that [autotag]Coquese Washington[/autotag], most recently associate head coach at Notre Dame, will be the new women’s basketball head coach.

In 12 seasons at Penn State, she led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament four times and the NIT on three other occasions.

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Four-star Zoe Brooks updates her recruitment, talks Rutgers basketball and Coquese Washington

Zoe Brooks provides an update on her recruitment as well as her thoughts on Rutgers women’s basketball.

Zoe Brooks has been making some noise for quite some time, but one of the top-ranked girls’ basketball players in New Jersey isn’t slowing down, not even for the summer.

She is a name to watch as Brooks is a standout at Saint John Vianney High School (Holmdel, N.J.), one of the top programs in the nation. And Brooks is a major reason why her school is so dominant; she is a four-star recruit and the No. 33 player in the nation according to ESPN.com.

At 5-foot-10, she projects as a guard at the college level. She’s been all-state for three straight seasons and last year was named a junior All-American by MaxPreps.

Brooks has good range and can hit the intermediate shots as well as from 3-point range. She is a solid rebounder and outstanding defensively both on and off the ball. She handles the ball well and is comfortable scoring or playing provider.

Last season, Saint John Vianney’s final record was 32-1. They finished the season ranked fourth in the nation by MaxPreps. 

Check out what Brooks had to say about her recruitment, where things stand with Rutgers basketball and her recent experience with USA Basketball!

Liz Martino to transfer from Rutgers women’s basketball

Liz Martino of Rutgers women’s basketball has transferred.

Liz Martino is transferring from the Rutgers women’s basketball program, news breaking on Thursday that the guard is headed to Jackson State.

A sophomore, Martino left the team midseason. In 15 games, she averaged nine minutes played and 2.2 points per game.

She came to Rutgers from Riverdale Baptist (Lanham, M.D.) where she was a three-star recruit and a top 75 player in the nation.

Rutgers had a difficult 2021-22 season under interim head coach Timothy Eatman, finishing the season 11-20. They did win their opening-round game of the Big Ten Tournament against Penn State before losing to Indiana in the second round.

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Last year as a freshman, Martino seemed destined for a big role with the program, averaging 9.8 minutes per game and 3.2 points per game.

 

The women’s basketball program is going under a rather seismic change with head coach C. Vivian Stringer. The hall of fame head coach is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history and turned Rutgers into a perennial NCAA Tournament team.

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Social media reacts to the retirement of C. Vivian Stringer as Rutgers women’s basketball head coach

The world reacts to the news that Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has retired.

The level of recognition for C. Vivian Stringer and her legendary career as a college basketball coach is staggering, a point underscored this weekend with the news that the Rutgers women’s basketball head coach is retiring.

Stringer announced her retirement from the game on Saturday morning and within minutes, tributes attesting to her impact on and off the court began to pour in.

Prominent names in sports and politics celebrated her coaching career and wished her well on the next stage of her life’s journey.

She retires with 1,055 wins. Her time at Rutgers was the longest of her storied career. Her legacy at Rutgers will include turning the program into a national title contender on a regular basis.

Rutgers, under the watch of Stringer, became a destination location in women’s college basketball. Now, they will have a national search for her replacement.

Four times she led Rutgers to the Final Four and three times they were Big East regular-season champions. In 2014, prior to their first season in the Big Ten, they won the WNIT.

Three times since joining the Big Ten the Scarlet Knights have made the NCAA Tournament.

As part of the celebration of her retirement, Rutgers announced that all basketball games at Jersey Mike’s Arena will be played at C. Vivian Stringer Court.

Check out some of the heartfelt emotional posts to the news that C. Vivian Stringer has announced her retirement.

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The Rutgers Women’s Basketball Big Board: Who will replace C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers?

The big board for names to replace C. Vivian Stringer as Rutgers women’s basketball head coach.

Pat Hobbs has a pretty fascinating track record when it comes to his head coaching hires, the Rutgers athletic director having picked some strong resumes over the past few years.

And while the hiring of head football coach Greg Schiano was certainly a layup given Schiano’s previous stint here, there is no denying that Hobbs making hires such as baseball head coach Steve Owens and basketball head coach Steve Pikiell were absolutely massive moves.

Now with Saturday’s news that C. Vivian Stringer has retired, Hobbs has a hire that he simply must get right.

Stringer retires as a legend not just at Rutgers but also in college basketball. She amassed 1,055 wins along with two Final Four appearances under Stringer (2000, 2007).

In 2007, they were the NCAA Tournament runners-up.

Now Hobbs has to fill Stringer’s job, a head coach who cast a giant shadow upon the program.

A look at the candidates for the position and where Hobbs might turn for the next Rutgers women’s head coach.

C. Vivian Stringer announces her retirement as Rutgers women’s basketball head coach

Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer announces her retirement.

C. Vivian Stringer, the face of the Rutgers women’s basketball program since 1995, announced her retirement on Saturday morning. The Hall of Fame basketball coach leaves behind a tremendous legacy of success.

A success that she in large part built with her vision and undeniable work ethic.

In times of adversity that affected her program from the outside, Stringer showed class and always defended her team.

Such was the level of respect that Stringer earned that early on in her Rutgers career players committed to play for her and not necessarily the university.

But make no mistake about it, despite the struggles last year in her absence, Stringer leaves behind a program at Rutgers that has a strong track record of success over the past two decades.

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In a statement released by Rutgers on Saturday morning, Stringer explained her decision:

“I am officially announcing my retirement,” said Stringer. “My life has been defined by coaching and I’ve been on this journey for over five decades. It is rare that someone gets to do what they love for this long and I have been fortunate to do that. I love Rutgers University for the incredible opportunity they offered me and the tremendous victories we achieved together. There’s always a soft spot in my heart for the University of Iowa and Dr. Christine Grant for giving me my first major coaching position, when me and my husband trusted her to move our family to Iowa. She was a strong believer in women’s rights and that’s a responsibility that I have championed and will continue to take up the fight for.

“After recently celebrating the first women’s Final Four team at Cheyney State University, where it all started, it sat with me that I have been at this for a long time. It is important to step aside and challenge others to step up and take this game forward. I am forever indebted to all the coaches who I worked beside. Some were former players, some were colleagues, but all were friends and family at the end of the day and were my most trusted relationships. To the young ladies that I was fortunate to have coached and mentored into the women and leaders of today, keep pushing the barriers, keep pushing for your spot at the table, and always know who you are.

“This was the hardest decision of my life, but I thank God he has allowed me to do the thing I love most. I am ready to start my new journey and spending more time with my family, children, and grandchildren. I am truly blessed to have had so many wonderful people in my life.”

She retires with 1,055 wins. Her time at Rutgers was the longest of her storied career.

Stringer did not coach this past season. Her assistant, Timothy Eatman, served as the interim head coach.

Four times she led Rutgers to the Final Four and three times they were Big East regular-season champions. In 2014, prior to their first season in the Big Ten, they won the WNIT.

Three times since joining the Big Ten the Scarlet Knights have made the NCAA Tournament.

As part of the celebration of her retirement, Rutgers announced that all basketball games at Jersey Mike’s Arena will be played at C. Vivian Stringer Court.

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Rutgers women’s basketball taking Paradise Jam losses in stride

Rutgers women’s basketball sees recent struggles as getting squad ready for confere

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Fresh off an NCAA Tournament appearance a season ago, Rutgers women’s basketball has certainly disappointed in their 4-4 start to the season. For interim head coach Tim Eatman, however, it is all building towards conference play.

Rutgers lost all three games in last week’s Paradise Jam, capping the event with an 80-44 loss to Arizona. The Scarlet Knights have now lost four of their last five games.

Eatman says these are good things that Rutgers is going through early in the season.

“What you saw tonight, a great tournament for us. We found out a lot about our team [in] this tournament,” Eatman said after the loss to Arizona.

“Now we know we got to do we have to do – go back home and work on those things. But it was a great tournament plus we played against a team that presses every possession in DePaul. Played against the team that played us all zone in Vanderbilt. Played against a team in Arizona that played a half-court tough, tough, tenacious, half-court, defense.

“All those things we’re going to have in the Big Ten. So now we have experience, now we have good footage to show our players how to execute and so we’re thankful for that.

Rutgers opens Big Ten play on Dec. 5 against Maryland.

Last season, Rutgers went 14-5, losing in the opening round of both the Big Ten Tournament as well as the NCAA Tournament.