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Rhode Island Rams Basketball Recruiting Notes: Duane Notice

The recruiting buzz surrounding the Rams has been quiet as of late, especially with the early signing period ending just before Thanksgiving. However, the Rams have two scholarships open for the 2013-14 season, and there are several names still floating around out there. At this point, with three point guards (Powell, Matthews, Minnis) and four big men (Aaman, Biruta, Hare, Onyekaba) for next season, Rhody seems to be looking to add a shooting guard/wing type. With the seven players above, the Rams have just four more guys (Buchanan, Martin, Munford, Reischel) to fill two or three spots. As they look to expand that depth, let’s glance at one of the options they’ve (reportedly) been exploring:

Duane Notice

Notice is currently a senior at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Connecticut, and he also plays for the AAU team CIA Bounce. Notice is originally from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, and he played his first three high school years at St. Michael’s in Ontario before coming to the states this season. In 2010, Notice was considered the top 2013 hoops prospect in the country (of Canada, that is), and with good reason. As a freshman, Notice averaged 25 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals in a Canadian Junior National tournament in British Columbia, leading his team to the tourney championship and capturing MVP honors in the process. Coming into his senior season, he is currently ranked #4 amongst Canadian prospects, but his skills haven’t diminished any. At 6’3″, 205, Notice can score with ease from almost anywhere on the court, but his biggest advertised skill is his quickness in driving and slashing to the basket. Think Xavier Munford when he’s on – but maybe better.

Notice comes off the bench for the CIA Bounce, which there’s no shame in – they’re an extremely skilled squad. When he does see minutes, he has no problem dropping 20+ points on any given night, and he’s currently averaging 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists for St. Thomas More. He was initially being recruited by schools like Syracuse when he was up north, but the current list includes the likes of Auburn and New Mexico, as well as Rhode Island. We all know Dan Hurley is well connected to St. Benedict’s Prep, and they currently have a strong pipeline to Canada, with several Canadians already on their roster (including Tyler Ennis, their #1 overall prospect and a Syracuse commit). The Rams have not formally offered Notice as of yet, but it appears to be only a matter of time. It will be interesting to see what other schools show interest as this season progresses, but based on what we know right now, Rhody would have to be the favorite. With Rhody’s needs, Hurley’s connections, and the geographical proximity, let’s hope they can land him.

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