Despite having only two scholarships to fill for the 2014 class, the Rhode Island Rams have yet to receive a commitment from a recruit for next season. But that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the high school circuits hard. They’ll no doubt be selective with just the pair of spots to fill (one is Xavier Munford’s, the other is a slot they left open from the 2013 class), but the options are aplenty. Most recently, Rhody has shown interest in Aaron Foster-Smith, a power forward out of Taylor, Michigan.
Being from Michigan, Foster-Smith is no doubt a Preston Murphy recruit. The high school senior checks in at 6’7″ and 215 pounds, and he’s set to enter his final year at Truman High School. While URI has reportedly not offered Foster-Smith just yet, they’ve certainly made their presence felt with the recruit.
Aaron Foster-Smith from the Michigan Warriors with high interest from Iowa and Rhode Island.
— Steven Manrique (@mdhsathletics) April 14, 2013
In terms of schools that have actually offered, well… there aren’t many. Only Toledo has officially offered from what we can gather, but Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, and Providence have also shown interest (as well as Iowa, mentioned in the tweet above).
So what does the lanky power forward bring to the table? Well it seems that he needs to become a more polished player, but his raw athleticism is unquestionable. Terry Foster of the Detroit News had this to say:
All eyes are on [Foster-Smith], and the scrutiny will only intensify his senior season. Right now, he could step in and help Detroit or Toledo or some of the smaller schools that hold out hope of landing him. They like him because he can shoot and has aggressive spin moves and good instincts in traffic.
What he must improve on are his hands and conditioning.
“We got to get in better shape next year,” Foster-Smith said.
Foster-Smith is a project. This is all new to him. He’s not used to the big stage. It can be overwhelming at times.
“It is a lot of pressure,” Foster-Smith admitted. “I have to pretend they (coaches) are not out there.”
With only two spots to fill, will the Rams take a chance on a project like Foster-Smith? It seems like Rhody will take a wait-and-see approach with the young forward, but a lot could change between now and the early signing period in November.