Just last month, URI and head coach Danny Hurley received some good news with a late commitment from 6-foot-8 forward Ifeanyi Onyekaba.
At the time, the Rams’ staff was working with the university in hoping to get Onyekaba qualified at the school in their efforts to add depth to a depleted roster.
On Friday, news surfaced that Onyekaba had indeed qualified at URI, but will unfortunately be forced to sit out the entire 2012-13 season. SNY.tv‘s Adam Zagoria tweeted out the information shortly after 2:00pm EST.
According to Zagoria, URI does plan to file for a waiver in their hopes of getting Onyekaba eligible at some point this season, although any chance at the NCAA clearing things up remains undetermined.
The Rams are moving forward this season with Hurley after parting ways with Jim Baron (now at Canisius) last spring. A season filled with struggles has left Hurley with a limited rotation, yet the future is looking brighter and brighter thanks to some recent additions from the high school class of 2013.
Expectations are low for the Rams this season as another year in the basement of the Atlantic 10 Conference could be on the horizon. Looking ahead however, it shouldn’t be too long before Hurley creates hype in Kingston.
So while Friday’s news is somewhat disappointing for the Rams, their is some positives to take. The simple fact that Onyekaba is qualified and will at least be part of the program this season gives fans just another reason to be excited about the future.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse