Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Dan Hurley has his first commit since taking over as head coach at Rhode Island.
And it happens to be a player who had previously committed to the Rams.
Jordan Hare, a 6-foot-9, 198-pound power forward from Saginaw, Mich., reaffirmed his commitment after meeting Thursday with Hurley and Rhody assistant Preston Murphy.
“Coach Hurley and Preston just stopped by for a home visit and I’m just reaffirming my commitment to Rhode Island,” Hare told SNY.tv during an exclusive interview Thursday.
Hare had initially committed to former Rhody coach Jim Baron last October. Baron was fired last month and replaced quickly by Hurley.
“Coach Hurley told me a lot about his background, his days at St. Benedict’s and Rutgers and recently Wagner and how he took them and in two years tripled their winning record,” he said. “And also he’s got his older brother Bob [Hurley] there. He played in the NBA.
“And they talked to my parents and gave a virtual tour on the computer, the campus, dorm room. So it kind of makes me feel better about everything.”
Hare brings a much-needed frontcourt presence to the Rams.
“I’m just going to try and work hard,” he said. “Obviously, everybody’s dream is the NBA but I feel I have the upper hand on a other kids. I have a lot more potential and I got the skillset.
“Now I’m just going to let Coach Hurley and the coaching staff build me so I can get there and accomplish my dreams.”
WAGNER DUO GETS RELEASESMike Aaman and Kameron Mitchell, both of whom had signed Letters of Intent with Wagner before Hurley left for Rhode Island, obtained their releases Thursday. Aaman told SNY.tv he is considering Rhode Island, Monmouth, Iona and La Salle. Mitchell may opt for prep school, sources told SNY.tv.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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