As the school year is now solidly underway, new Rhode Island Rams men’s basketball head coach, Dan Hurley, has struggled to put together a complete roster for his new ball club.
Now, Hurley has found some much needed depth in new swingman Alwayne Bigby, and former Northeastern Husky, to his program.
Bigby, having graduated from Northeastern, enrolled at URI as a graduate student but still has one year of college basketball eligibility remaining. The 6-5 G/F averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game last year at Northeastern.
In his overall Northeastern career, Bigby averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game.
Bigby is is one of many new additions to the Rams roster this season, but is only one of nine players eligible to participate in the upcoming 2012-2013 season. In a rotation of nine players, Bigby will have plenty of opportunity to prove himself to his new coach and new teammates, and end his college basketball career on a very positive note.
Switching from the Atlantic 10 Conference from the CAA will be a slight adjustment for Bigby as well. The A10 is widely considered a more competitive conference, and that was even before Virginia Commonwealth joined the league.
Last season, URI only mustered 4 conference wins in the A-10 and an overall 7-24 record. With no dominant leading player on the roster, a new coach and new system, Bigby will definitely have the chance to end his career with a successful new beginning.
URI is also looking to add forward Ifeanyi Onyekaba, but the Rams are still awaiting clearance to see if the Nigerian-native will take the court this season.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.