First year head coach Dan Hurley has got some the basketball world noticing what he is doing in Kingston,Ri.
Hurley, who took over the Rams after former Head Coach Jim Baron was released, is creating excitement at the University of Rhode Island. He has the support of the athletic department and alumni to give him time to turn the program around. However, Hurley may not need as much time as the Rhode Island faithful may think.
Hurley and his staff are building a strong foundation at all levels at Rhode Island, which obviously includes recruiting. He has already brought in transfers that are practicing with the team, but are not eligible to play until next season: 6’8″ forward Gilvydas Biruta from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 6’3″ guard DeShon Minnis from the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 6’6″ forward Jarelle Reischel from the Rice Owls and 6’8″ forward Ifeanyi Onyakaba, who is at prep school, will all be on the Rams roster.
He also has speedy sophomore point guard, Mike Powell and freshman forward Jordan Hare, who both continue to improve on a daily basis.
Most importantly, they have the Atlantic 10’s second-leading scorer, Xavier Munford, who is averaging 17.5 points per game. Munford is capable of making shots from anywhere on the and also under duress. He proved that again last night as he connected on a three-pointer with just 3.3 seconds remaining, as the Rams beat the Dayton Flyers.
Still, Rhode Island has been in lots of games and with some new transfers and a year under Hurley’s system, the Rams will be a team to reckon with next season.
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