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

Hurley Agrees to Rhody Extension, Rutgers Must Look Elsewhere; Interim Coach Cox Has Support of Players (UPDATED)

BY MATT SUGAM & ADAM ZAGORIA

Dan Hurley turned down an offer to become the next head coach at Rutgers on Monday — and will not return home to New Jersey to try to save the day.

Hurley has agreed in principle to a contract extension through 2019-20 at Rhode Island, sources with direct knowledge told SNY.tv. He is expected to sign the extension soon.

Hurley initially signed a six-year deal worth approximately $4 million at Rhode Island a year ago after leaving Wagner following a two-year stint there. The Rutgers offer was not significantly more than what he makes at Rhody. To read more of this story, click here

Rhody Working on Extension for Dan Hurley

By ADAM ZAGORIA & MATT SUGAM

ATLANTA — Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley may not turn out to be Rutgers’ next men’s basketball coach after all.

Hurley and Rhode Island are close to an agreement on a contract extension through the 2019-20 season, although it has not yet been finalized, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

The news was first reported by SI.com.

Theoretically, if Rutgers were to make a hard pitch in the next few days, Hurley might still be an option. To read more of this story, click here

Hassan Martin Anxious to Help Rhode Island

By ALEX SCHIFFER

Special to ZAGSBLOG

UNION, N.J. — Curtis High School on Staten Island has been having an under-the radar season despite being 9-2, with one of those losses coming at the hands of perennial power St. Anthony, 61-31, Saturday night at Kean University.

One of the biggest reasons for Curtis’ early success is due in large part to 6-foot-7 senior small forward Hassan Martin.

Martin, a Rhode Island commit, has been the main scoring option for the team as he’s able to use athleticism to the max, whether it is on the boards, through the lane, or wherever his team needs him. Curtis is one of two 2013 Rhody commits for Dan Hurley’s squad, the other being top tier shooting guard E.C. Mathews. To read more of this story, click here

Rhody-Providence to Face Off in Battle of Depleted Rosters

Rhode Island will visit Providence Thursday night in a battle of two up-and-coming teams with depleted rosters.

How depleted are they?

So depleted that the most interesting game between the two teams might be a hypothetical three-on-three contest between each team’s best unavailable players.

Consider that Rhode Island (2-6) has transfers Gilvydas Biruta (Rutgers), Jarelle Reischel (Rice) and DeShon “Biggie” Minnis (Texas Tech) sitting out this year per transfer rules. To read more of this story, click here