With the Regular NLI period ending this Wednesday, it’s looking less and less likely that the Rhode Island Rams will add a player for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Dan Hurley and his staff have repeatedly indicated that they’re content with this year’s roster, and will only add a player if it makes sense. And with a lot of silence surrounding class of 2013 players, it looks like the Rams will stand pat. But rest assured, they are still working the recruiting trail hard. Beginning today, Rhody Rampage will start looking at a few prospects from the class of 2014, and how URI fits into the mix.
So let’s start with a guy right in Preston Murphy’s recruiting stomping ground. 6’7″, 180-pound forward Kyle Kuzma is finishing up his junior year at Rise Academy in Philadelphia. …Wait, what? Yes, despite attending high school in Philly, Kuzma hails from Bentley, Michigan, while also playing for the AAU team Dorian’s Pride out of Detroit. And it seems like Rhody is scouting him pretty heavily:
About 30 schools at our 17s game including Danny Hurley hc at Rhode island. Georgetown, Iowa St, Iowa, VA tech & others.
— Dorian'sPride (@DoriansPride) April 20, 2013
— Dorian'sPride (@DoriansPride) April 21, 2013
Kuzma projects as a wing with a very flexible game. He can score from anywhere on the floor (including from three) and he also rebounds well. Kuzma’s not exactly a banger inside, but he’s a sharp-shooter who can bring versatility and athleticism to the game. And the URI coaching staff agrees:
— Kyle Kuzma (@Kyle35Kuzma) May 1, 2013
So who else is in the mix? Well right now, Kuzma has received offers from Eastern Michigan, Manhattan, Tennessee Tech, Texas A&M, and a few others. A few recruiting publications rank him as a Top 150 recruit for 2014, so we’ll no doubt be scoping out any of his other offers that roll in. It’ll be interesting to see what Kuzma does in AAU and in his senior season; his performance will likely dictate Rhody’s next move.