Opening night is just two nights away. As we gear up for it, we’re also winding down our player previews, and that takes us into the walk-ons. Youncofski comes to Rhody from (where else?) New Jersey, but besides being slightly undersized, he doesn’t fit the mold of the usual walk-ons. First, he played AAU ball in the same league as Mike Aaman and Jarrele Reischel. He also put up numbers in high school that you would expect to see from a D-I scholarship player (more on those in a moment). Given the limited depth on the URI roster this season, we could see more from Youncofski than we usually see from walk-ons, so let’s learn a little more about him:
- He is the all-time assists leader at Middletown North High School with 441, and was team captain his junior and senior seasons.
- He is the quintessential pass-first point guard, averaging 7.6 assists per game in his senior year, and 7.2 APG for the Game 7 Sharks (AAU).
- Was an All-Conference player and an All Star in his senior year of high school.
- Recorded a combined 47-11 record as a high school starter, and a 16-1 record as an AAU starter.
- Was given Billy Baron’s jersey number (20), more evidence that there is no love lost between URI and the Barons.
He comes to Kingston with the reputation of being a player with great court vision, which is understandable given his assist output. He’s also described as “scrappy”, “gritty”, etc. in virtually every writeup, but that is just code word for “short”. He only saw 8 minutes of action in the Coast Guard game, scoring 1 point on 0-2 shooting. He did record an assist. Based on that, our thinking is that Rhody fans will likely only see Youncofski in garbage time this season.