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Thursday / January 17.
  • Rhody Lands Big Man Mike Tertsea

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    TertseaRhode Island and head coach Dan Hurley picked up a pledge on Sunday from Mike Tertsea, a 6-foot-10, 226-pound center from The John Carroll  School (MD), a source told

    Tertsea chose the Rams over George Washington. He visited GW and La Salle in addition to Rhode Island.

    “I picked URI because it’s a really good fit for me,” he told “I love the coaching staff and the players. Also, I love the campus atmosphere as well.”

    He is the Rams’ second 2016 commit following 6-9 power forward Mike Layssard Jr. from Northwood Lena High (LA), who chose Rhode Island over SMU, Texas Tech and others.

    Together, Tertsea and Layssard Jr. should give the Rams front court depth moving forward in the Atlantic 10.

    Tertsea needs 31 blocked shots to break the school record, will be a 1000-point scorer and will end up as second on the school rebounding list. He has shot over 50 percent each season while averaging 6.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.

    “He is a rim protector, an outstanding offensive rebounder and a high-level defender as well as an evolving offensive player who can knock down the mid-range jump shot and plays with a strong basketball IQ,” Carroll coach Tony Martin said.

    “I will bring toughness both mentally and physically,” Tertsea added. “I play as a power forward and I think I can create an impact playing on the team.”

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    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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.