E.C. Matthews Impressive in Rhody’s Loss to Providence

NCAA Basketball: Orlando Classic-Kansas vs Rhode IslandBy BRENDAN McGAIR

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – There were six NBA scouts lined up on the baseline Wednesday night for the annual Ocean State showdown between Providence College and the University of Rhode Island.

There’s no question that representatives from Detroit, Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Memphis, Orlando and Philadelphia left with a boatload of notes concerning URI sophomore E.C. Matthews. For a player who has been mentioned in 2015 NBA mock draft lists since the summer, the youngster from Detroit did little to diminish his status with a game-best 27 points in the Rams’ 68-60 loss to their in-state rivals.

It was clear that Matthews – last season’s Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year – was the best player on the floor. To read more of this story, click here

Rhody Lands Former Rutgers Commit Leroy Butts

Rhode Island on Sunday landed a verbal pledge from Leroy Butts, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound 2015 power forward who recently decommitted from Rutgers.

“The program’s academics really caught me and my parents’ attention,” Butts said. “The basketball program fits me very well in the system coming from stretch forward to combo forward. I established a great relationship with the players and coach Dan Hurley, along with the rest of the coaching staff.

Rhody assistant David Cox was the associate head coach at Rutgers.

“His relationship with coach Dave Cox played a big part,” DC Premier director Damon Handon told SNY.tv. “He’s a skilled athletic combo forward. He brings toughness and a winning mentality.” To read more of this story, click here

2016 Point Guard Ty Jerome Gets 25 Calls, Taking Visits

Ty JeromeTy Jerome, a 6-foot-3 2016 point guard from New Rochelle (N.H.) Iona Prep, heard from 25 college coaches after they were permitted to call as of midnight Sunday.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott was the first to call “shortly after midnight,” New Heights coach Chris Alesi said, and “he plans on checking out Creighton at the end of July after our last tournament in Kansas City.”

Before then, Jerome will visit Temple Wednesday, Rutgers Thursday and Rhode Island, Hofstra and Fordham “sometime next week,” Alesi said. He has already visited George Washington. To read more of this story, click here

Jordan Hare ‘Likely’ to Re-join Rhody Program; Hurley Adds Cox to Staff

Jordan Hare, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, is “likely” to re-join the Rhode Island program for next season, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

Hare is listed on the Rams’ roster for 2014-15.

The news was previously reported by the Providence Journal.

The Saginaw, Mich., native played his freshman season for head coach Dan Hurley, but missed his sophomore year due to personal reasons. To read more of this story, click here

Cooley, Hurley Engage in Stare Down During Providence Win

By BRENDAN McGAIR

Special to ZAGSBLOG

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Toss another memory into the Providence-Rhode Island basketball scrapbook.

The latest chapter between these two Ocean State Division I programs may not be remembered for the last-second 50-49 win the Friars staged Thursday night before a rocking and rolling Ryan Center crowd. The free throw that PC senior Kadeem Batts hit with 22 seconds remaining to snap a 49-all deadlock or the off-balanced free-throw line jumper that E.C. Matthews failed to connect on as the final horn sounded?

Mere subplots. To read more of this story, click here

Rhody Goes 3-0 in Italy, Looks to Carry Momentum Into Recruiting

No sooner had Dan Hurley returned from leading Rhode Island on a 3-0 trip through Italy, than the second-year coach was already looking to carry that momentum into recruiting.

The Rams expect to contend in the new-look Atlantic 10 Conference this season, but a year from now they will lose Xavier Munford, the leading returning scorer in the A-10, and Hurley is looking to replace him with a high-scoring guard.

Rhody is in the hunt for Expressions Elite guard Jared Terrell — who is down to Rhode Island, Providence, Cincinnati and Oklahoma State — as well as New Mexico Junior College guard Jeff Newberry, who is looking at Rhody, West Virginia, LSU and Murray State, among others.

“We are only graduating one senior next year and we have a lot of outstanding young talent,” Hurley, whose team went 8-21, 3-13 in the A-10 in his first year, told SNY.tv Wednesday. To read more of this story, click here

Jared Terrell Talks Rhody Visit

Jared Terrell has a long list of suitors, and Rhode Island may not be the sexiest name on his list.

But the 6-foot-2 Expressions Elite guard is considering the Rams and visited the campus unofficially Thursday with his friend and teammate, Abdul Malik Abu.

“The campus was nice,” Terrell, who plays for Brewster (N.H.) Academy, told SNY.tv. “I like how it was away from the city and more of a college town.” To read more of this story, click here