As the James Madison Dukes men’s basketball team hasn’t started off the 2012-2013 the way they would’ve hoped, many JMU fans are craving anything that could be considered good news. With a 1-5 record, head coach Matt Brady now has something to look forward to for the time being.
Earlier this week, 6-7 F Tom Rivard from Worcester, MA signed a national letter of intent to join the Dukes’ beginning in 2013-2014 season.
Rivard was considering attending several Ivy League schools before he ultimately decided to head down to Harrisonburg and join James Madison. He was considering scholarship offers from Bucknell, Fairfield, Columbia and Penn.
Now a senior at Worcester Academy, the future Duke is coming off a junior campaign where he scored 8.5 points and grabbed seven rebounds per game.
Rivard is considered a strong, athletic and versatile frontcourt player who can play multiple positions. Brady thinks his knew signee has a high basketball IQ as well, but that Rivard might need to bulk up a little as well.
Rivard joins a signing class that already includes 6-7 PG Jackson Kent of High Point, NC and 6-8 F Paulius Satkus of Lithuania.
This season, the Dukes are sporting a very small ball-esque lineup most prominently featuring four guards and 6-6 F RayShawn Goins in the frontcourt. With Goins graduating in the spring, there might be an opportunity for Rivard and Satkus to compete for a starting sport in the Dukes’ frontcourt next winter alongside now-sophomore 6-9 F Enoch Hood.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.