By now, most Rhode Island Rams fans know the story of Ifeanyi Onyekaba. If not, here’s the Reader’s Digest version: the Nigerian was set to be a hotly recruited commodity right about… now. During the regular signing period. But thanks to Dan Hurley and Co, he’s now off the market after enrolling at URI back in September. The Rhody coaching staff found out that he was eligible to attend college after checking his high school transcript, and it’s set to pay off big starting this November.
So what does this have to do with anything? Well, it could be happening again – this time with a different recruit by the name of Dwayne (D.J.) Foreman. D.J. is a 6’9″, 220 pound forward currently attending Massanuten Milltary Academy in Virginia. The native New Yorker seems to be the full package – he has size, speed, strength, and athleticism. Oh, and a 7’3″ wingspan. Drooling yet?
Foreman is slated to be a class of 2014 recruit, but there is a chance that he could reclassify. From Adam Zagoria:
He is considering reclassifying to the Class of 2013, meaning he would be on a college campus in the fall, but he said he prefers to stay at Massanutten until 2014.
“I’m probably leaning more towards 2014,” Foreman said. “I feel like a lot of colleges have seen me but I need to work on my jump shot before I get to college. I want to be a complete player going into college.”
Two schools that appear to have an early edge with Foreman are Rhode Island and Minnesota.
Dwayne Foreman, D.J.’s father, said he may visit Rhode Island by himself this weekend while D.J. takes the SAT.
“Rhode Island is loaded next year,” [Foreman's advisor Mike] Moore said. “Dan Hurley is the coach and he’s one of the best developers in the business.”
While some schools are interested in Foreman for 2013 or ’14, others (like Kentucky and Alabama) could only take him in ’14.
“A tough decision has to be made and we feel he’ll be fine with whatever decision he makes because he has some good options,” Moore said of the reclassifying option.
Said D.J. Foreman: “I don’t really have a dream school. Wherever I can have a good college career and get a good education is the school I want to go to.”
That’s not a typo. Kentucky is in on Foreman, as are several other big-name schools. Will he hold out to 2014 with a chance to jump to a perennial Final Four school? Or can Dan Hurley work some Dan Hurley magic and snag him for 2013? Stay tuned, things could get awfully exciting very soon.