Our player previews have reached the freshmen. And based on the hype surrounding Hare as he enters his first season with URI, why wouldn’t we start with him? Hare comes to Rhody via Saginaw, Michigan, the same hometown of coach Preston Murphy. Not surprisingly, Murphy was the head recruiter that landed Hare back when Jim Baron was still the head coach of the Rams. When Baron was fired by Rhody in March, Hare’s commitment was up in the air. He could have easily bounced to UConn, Kentucky, Louisville, or any of the other top-tier schools that recruited him. But Hare stuck with the Rams after the hiring of Dan Hurley, a true testament to Murphy’s recruiting prowess. So just how good is Hare? It really remains to be seen, but the accolades have started pouring in already, as Hare was named to the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team. Here are a few more notes on Jordan Hare:
Jordan Hare, #4
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
- Hare recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in the preseason contest versus Coast Guard. In just 15 minutes of action, he shot 5-7 from the field and also recorded two assists.
- He averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks per game in his senior season at Arthur Hill High School.
- Arthur Hill finished with a 16-6 record in Hare’s senior year and advanced to the third round of the Michigan Class A Championship.
The most glaring weakness in Hare’s game at this point is his size. Yes, he’s 6’10” but he’s barely over two bills, and he’s going to need to bulk up if he’s going to compete with other big men in the Atlantic 10 and elsewhere in D-I. Not only did Hare not get the start at center in the Coast Guard game (that went to Mike Aaman), but Ryan Brooks was first off the bench for Rhody before the freshman from Michigan saw some action. Will Hare’s performance this past Friday night earn him a start in the season opener against Norfolk State? What kind of year do you expect from the highly touted freshman? Let us know in the comments!