December 6, 2011; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs guard Nate Butler (21) defends against Texas Tech Red Raiders guard DeShon Minnis (3) in the second half at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum. TCU won 75-69. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Basketball: Previewing the Roster – Biggie Minnis


DeShon “Biggie” Minnis, #10
Position: Guard
Year: Sophomore
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 185
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

This year’s Rhody roster certainly has a lot of fresh faces. But for the most part, URI fans aren’t exactly sure how a lot of the new players will be used this season. One thing’s for sure – Dan Hurley and the rest of the staff have a plethora of options to sort out. Here’s a look at Biggie Minnis, one of his options at point guard.

  • Transferred to Rhode Island after playing one season at Texas Tech. Minnis averaged 3.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 28 games for the Red Raiders.
  • Scored in double-digits in his first collegiate game, pouring in 12 points on 3-4 shooting in a 90-85 win against Troy.
  • Hit double-figures just one other time in his career… a 10-point performance against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament, which was the last time Biggie saw action in a game that counts.
  • For a guard, Minnis is not know for his three-point shooting. He missed all four of his attempts in his freshman year. His free throw shooting (58.5%) also leaves a bit to be desired.
  • That said, Biggie shines on the defensive side of the ball, which is not atypical of a Hurley player. Racked up a career-high three steals against then #10 Baylor on February 27, 2012.

Minnis, like most of the newcomers, has a shot to play a starting role this season. But mostly likely he’ll be coming off the bench to spell Powell (or Matthews, or Buchanan) and provide a defensive spark when the Rams need him. Count us among those who are very intrigued to see what Biggie can provide to this team on a nightly basis.

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