PISCATAWAY, NJ – In a pre-game ceremony prior to the Rutgers-Boston College game, the Rutgers University athletic community will bid farewell to a group of seniors who, through their involvement with the Rutgers men's basketball program, have brought distinction and pride to themselves as well as to Rutgers University.
Rutgers University Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy, Court Club President Dr. Richard Kelner and Court Club First Vice President Steve Williams will preside over the pre-game Senior Day Ceremony, which will commence at 7:19 p.m.
The two senior players being honored are co-captains Juel Wiggan of the Bronx, NY, and Ricky Shields of Upper Marlboro, MD.
The 6-3 Wiggan recently became the 24th member of the Rutgers 200-assist club against Providence when he totaled five assists. He now has 229 assists for his career to rank 19th all-time. He is 18th on the school’s all-time steals chart with 106 for his 118-game career. In BIG EAST play this season, this hard-working, much-improved player is averaging 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in Rutgers’ 15 BIG EAST games. He has scored in double figures in four BIG EAST games, while registering a season-high seven assists and two steals in 35 minutes of action against Providence. He also had a career-high five steals at West Virginia on Feb. 26. On January 11, he poured in a career high 23 points at Georgetown. He is a fan favorite throughout his RU career for his tenacious hustle, heart and determination. A criminal justice major with a minor in sociology, he will be accompanied by his mother Jean, his father Claude, sisters Claudell and Mary-Ann, along with his girlfriend Khandy.
Ricky Shields will long be remembered as one of the most productive and exciting players in Rutgers basketball history. His name is represented throughout the Rutgers record book. He enters tonight’s game as the 8th-leading scorer in RU history with 1,528 career points and is No. 1 all-time in three-pointers made with 253. Besides his career scoring numbers, he is among the top-20 all-time in nine categories and the top-35 all-time in one other. He is No.1 in career three-point field goal attempts, 7th in career free throw percentage, 11th in career field goals made, 12th in career three-point percentage 13th in career steals, 16th in career free throws made, 18th in career assists and 34th in career rebounding. He is a criminal justice major with a minor in Africana studies. Shields will be joined by his mother Myrna, his father Richard Shields, Sr., his brother Bryan and his grandmother Blanche.
The three senior managers that will be honored have tirelessly and selflessly given their time to the Scarlet Knight men's basketball program throughout their time as Rutgers University students. These unsung, behind-the-scenes students have been integral to the Rutgers men’s basketball program throughout their undergraduate days at Rutgers.
The three seniors managers are Vivek Kalola, of Piscataway, Brad Wachtel of East Brunswick and Oliver Winterbone of Fair Haven.
Kalola is a native of Piscataway and a double major in Exercise Science/Sports Studies and Psychology. Wachtel hails from East Brunswick and is a Exercise Science/Sports Studies major. The third senior manager, Oliver Winterbone, is from Fair Haven and is a double major in Information Technology and Geography. Their work ethic and unselfish commitment will long be remembered.