The 2013-14 Rhode Island Rams roster is nearly complete. With the additions of E.C. Matthews, Hassan Martin, and Ifeanyi Onyekaba, things are starting to take shape for Rhody. And let’s not forget transfers Gilvydas Biruta, DeShon “Biggie” Minnis, and Jarelle Reischel, who will all become eligible starting next season. All of this combined leaves Rhody with just two open scholarships for next season. And with the National Letter of Intent period beginning this past Wednesday, let’s take a look at who is still in play for URI.
The first player who has been rumored for some time is CCRI sophomore Desmond Williams. Rhody and Williams have been in contact for some time, and according to several reports, the Rams are the JuCo’s number one choice. However, the feeling doesn’t appear to be mutual. Per Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, URI is no longer interested in Williams, and would prefer a player who is a better shooter.
Which brings us to Ilker Er. The Turkish forward is currently playing for Arlington Country Day High School in Florida, and has received interest from the Rams. And a week ago today, news came from his coach that he had committed to the University of Rhode Island.
Ilker Er just committed to Rhode Island congrats to coach Dan Hurley
— Rex Morgan (@rmacds) April 13, 2013
College Chalktalk, NBC Sports, and several other outlets reported the story as well. But there was just one problem. Rex Morgan, his high school coach, was the only one reporting the news. Chris DiSano and Kevin McNamara quickly got to the bottom of things.
Despite earlier tweet from his coach @rmacds, hearing that 6-6 SG Ilker Er's reported verbal to URI is premature at this point.
— Chris DiSano (@CDiSano44) April 15, 2013
Earlier reported verbal for URI by Ilker Er of Turkey is not solid. Will play out in next week or so.
— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) April 15, 2013
Does this mean Er is in? Out? No one is sure at this point. But the signing period is underway and Rhody fans should find out soon enough.
Other than that, news on the recruiting front is pretty quiet. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Hurley and Co. aren’t doing work to try and fill at least one of the two open scholarships. There’s thinking amongst people in the know that the Rams could potentially save an open spot for now. The signing period lasts roughly a month, so we should hopefully know more about Rhody’s 2013-14 roster in the coming weeks.