NCB On The Trail: Rhode Island

WVU adds juco forward in 2013

May, 7, 2013
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins announced the signing of juco power forward Jonathan Holton (Miami/Palm Beach State C.C.) on Monday.

The 6-foot-7 Holton played one season at Rhode Island (2011-12), averaging 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 28.5 minutes before leaving the university because of legal issues.

"Jonathan is the a prototype Big 12 forward," Huggins said in a release. "He can really score it off the bounce, play with his back to the basket, stretch defenses to make 3-pointers, as well as being a terrific offensive rebounder. He should give us immediate help on the frontline."

Holton is the fifth incoming recruit for Huggins, joining ESPN 100 PF Devin Williams (Cincinnati/Montverde Academy), PF Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio/Brewster Academy), C Brandon Watkins (Decatur, Ga./Grady) and PF Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown).

E.C. Matthews makes it official for Rams 

November, 15, 2012
Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley announced two early signees from the class of 2013 on Wednesday.

Inking with the Rams were ESPN 100 SG E.C. Matthews (Romulus, Mich./Romulus) and PF Hassan Martin (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis).

Chicago wing Kendall Pollard picks Dayton 

October, 19, 2012
Dayton head coach Archie Miller landed a verbal commitment from small forward Kendall Pollard (Chicago/Simeon) on Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"They not only got a great basketball player, but they got a great kid," Simeon head coach Rob Smith told the paper.

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Juco forward commits to UAB 

October, 3, 2012
Alabama-Birmingham landed a verbal commitment from junior college power forward C.J. Washington (Augusta, Ga./Tallahassee C.C.) earlier this week, according to

Washington made his decision while on an official visit last weekend.

"I liked everything about UAB," Washington told the paper. "The coaches, the school, the players, the community, it's a family-oriented place. I like how the coach was with the players and I like the style of play."

Auburn, Colorado State, Rhode Island and Virginia Tech were also involved. Washington joins PG Dayshawn Watkins (Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) and PG Denzel Watts (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) in the Blazers' 2013 class.

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Jackson's decision to highlight RecruitingNation 

September, 27, 2012
Thursday's RecruitingNation on ESPNU will be highlighted by the announcement of point guard Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).

The 19th ranked player in the ESPN 100 will decide between Illinois and Notre Dame.

ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi will break down Jackson's decision and also analyze the top remaining point guards in the 2013 class. Some names include Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md./Suitland) and Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Douglass).

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ESPN 100 guard Matthews to URI 

September, 22, 2012
Romulus, Mich., shooting guard E.C. Matthews, the No. 85 overall player in the ESPN 100, has committed to Rhode Island over offers from multiple mid- and high-level programs -- including USC and Missouri.

Danny Hurley and his staff did a very impressive job of evaluating and recruiting a guy who floated somewhat under the national radar until this past spring and summer.

Watching him compete at camps and events, what stood out most was what a good guard he is. He is most comfortable with the ball in his hands, scoring by driving to the basket. At this point in time the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Matthews would be more suited to score then play the point.

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N.C. guard Graham picks App State 

September, 12, 2012
Point guard Devonte Graham (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) verbally committed to Appalachian State on Tuesday, according to

The 6-footer chose the Mountaineers over UNC-Wilmington, Richmond, Rhode Island and High Point.

"I think the situation at App right now is one where they don't really have a true point guard," Broughton head coach Jeff Ferrell told the site. "They're using combo guards and shooting guards at the point."

Graham joins shooting guard's Tymetrius Toney (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) and Aaron Scott (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast), both of whom committed to App State last weekend.

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Huskies add Terrence Samuel 

September, 3, 2012
Two-star point guard Terrence Samuel (Brooklyn/South Shore) has fulfilled a childhood dream after committing to Connecticut, according to the New York Post.

"UConn was my dream school. I watched them on TV, I watched them play football. I loved everything about them."

Samuel chose the Huskies over Rhode Island and he also had an offer from Iowa State. He joins ESPN 100 power forward Kentan Facey (Glen Head, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) in UConn's 2013 class.


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SG Josh Brown commits to Temple again 

August, 27, 2012
Shooting guard Josh Brown (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony) announced Monday on that he will play for Temple, just two months after decommitting from the Owls.

The 6-foot-3 Brown originally picked Temple in November 2011 but decided to reopen his recruitment before the summer travel season. Rhode Island, Providence and Penn State were other programs he considered.

"Finishing a great AAU season with Sports U, I got a few offers which made it really interesting," Brown told "So committing back to them now knowing I have no regrets, it feels great."

Brown will join SF Kyle Green (Cherry Hill, N.J./Camden Catholic) at Temple in 2013.

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UConn lands ESPN 100 PF 

August, 9, 2012
6-foot-9 power forward Kentan Facey (Trelawny, Jamaica/Long Island Lutheran) made his college decision late Wednesday night with a verbal pledge to Connecticut. The news was first reported by the New York Post.

Facey, who came to New York from Jamaica in 2011, chose the Huskies following his unofficial visit to the Storrs, Conn. campus earlier Wednesday. "It just felt right at the moment," he told the Post. "Everything was just perfect - the situation, the campus is beautiful, the coaching staff is superb, all of that came together."

He held offers from Dayton, Memphis, St. John's, Rhode Island, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Providence and Xavier.

Facey is the first recruit for head coach Jim Calhoun and his staff rom the 2013 class.

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Power forward Kentan Facey (Jamaica/Long Island Lutheran H.S.), who burst on the scene during the summer AAU circuit, has named his final 11 schools.

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Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg landed his second ESPN 100 recruit on Wednesday with a commitment from point guard Monte Morris (Flint, Mich./Beecher), has confirmed.

The 6-foot-1 Morris will join shooting guard Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Wisc./Onalaska) in the future Cyclone backcourt.

"This is a huge get for Iowa State," Recruiting Coordinator John Stovall noted. "Monte is a very skilled and talented lead guard who continues a strong pipeline from Michigan for the Cyclones.

"He's a scoring point guard and one of the top floor generals in the Midwest whose stock has really improved over the last year. Morris and Thomas give Hoiberg a high scoring backcourt which seems to be his recruiting plan since taking over in Ames."

Morris chose Iowa State over Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Rhode Island and USC.
Multiple sources are reporting on Saturday that shooting guard Josh Brown (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony) has reopened his recruitment and is no longer committed to Temple.

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The University of Rhode Island announced on Thursday that junior college guard Xavier Munford (Hillside, N.J./Iowa Western C.C.) has signed with new head coach Danny Hurley.

Munford played his high school basketball at St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) for Hurley in 2010 where he helped the Grey Bees to a 26-1 record. He chose the Rams after visiting the campus last weekend.

"Xavier is an athletic guard who is both a scorer and a lockdown defender," Hurly said. "I have some familiarity with Xavier from out time at St. Benedict's and he has developed into an outside shooting threat over his past two seasons at the junior college level."

Munford joins high school commitments Jordan Hare (Saginaw, Mich./Arhtur Hill H.S.) and Mike Aaman (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan H.S.) as well as Division I transfers Gilvydas Biruta (Rutgers) and Jarelle Reischel (Rice) for Hurley.

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6-foot-8 power forward Mike Aaman (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan H.S.) ended his recruitment for a second time over the weekend and once again committed to Danny Hurley's program.

Aaman, who signed with Wagner in the fall, committed to Rhode Island after recently gaining his release, according to the Providence Journal. Hurley left Wagner in March and was hired at URI later that month.

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