Nov 11, 2011; Fairfax, VA, USA; Rhode Island Rams forward Orion Outerbridge (12) is tripped by George Mason Patriots forward Mike Morrison (22) during the second half at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Basketball: Orion Outerbridge Shines at NBA D-League Tryout

It seems that Rhody baseball players aren’t the only ones moving on to bigger and better things. Former Rhode Island Rams center Orion Outerbridge is hoping to catch on in the NBA Development League after an impressive tryout this past weekend. After his final season at URI in 2011-12, OO played a year overseas before coming back to the States to try and turn his NBA dream into a reality. Outerbridge averaged 18 points and 10 boards playing for Cyprus in Greece last season, and was also named MVP of his league’s All-Star game.

Fast forward to the present. The D-League auditioned about 200 players in New York City on Saturday, and it seems that the former Ram stood out from the rest. If you don’t believe us, take it from the NBADL’s official Twitter account:

SB Nation’s Ridiculous Upside also had this write-up on OO’s performance at the tryouts:

RBA Sports’ pair of big men, Lester Prosper and Orion Outerbridge, towered over the rest as two of the taller players in attendance. Prosper looked good inside, physicality asserting himself down low, often finishing under the basket and drawing fouls when he couldn’t.

Outerbridge, on the other hand, displayed versatility. Of course, he too can finish inside and his long arms help him defensively. That said, Outerbridge also put on display a decent mid-range jump shot, and even led a fast break all the way down the court and finished with a nice layup at the other end.

The Erie BayHawks, who are affiliated with both the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers, had shown interest in Outerbridge back in January. Can now be the time when OO officially locks in with a team? Rhody fans, do you think Outerbridge has NBA potential? Let us know in the comments.

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