As we continue our individual player previews, we reach another freshman big man who is another Rhody recruiting success story. Mike Aaman comes to URI via Wagner… sort of. He had initially committed to then-Wagner head coach Dan Hurley (you may have heard of him) in the summer of 2011. But when Hurley was hired by Rhode Island in March, Aaman had a decision to make. Was it about the school, the team, and the location, or was it strictly about the coach? In April, his decision was made: Aaman was released from his letter of intent at Wagner and recommitted to Hurley and the Rhody Rams. Here are a few more notes on the New Jersey big man:
Mike Aaman, #34
Hometown: Hazlet, NJ
Comes with the reputation of being a tough inside player. Aaman is known for being physical in the paint and attacking the glass for any and every rebound.
- Attended Raritan High School where he was a member of the Newark Star Ledger’s 2012 All-State team.
- Averaged 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks per game in his senior season.
- Dropped 33 points in the 2012 Shore Conference All-Star Game, and was named game’s MVP.
- Scored 22 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in the conference championship game his junior year.
Also, and this is just speculation on our part, but if you compiled a list of all Rhody players in history and sorted alphabetically, Aaman has to be first, right? Anyway, in somewhat of a surprise (at least to us), Aaman earned the start in the Coast Guard exhibition ahead of Jordan Hare and Ryan Brooks. Aaman didn’t have his best game against the Bears, but it wasn’t bad. He finished with four points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots against the undersized D-III squad. Aaman also committed a team-high four turnovers, which likely won’t fly against stiffer competition. Will Aaman be in the starting lineup once again on Friday? What do you expect from him this year? Let us know in the comments!