OVERALL GRADE: C+
Points Per Game: 7.5 (4th on team)
Shooting Percentage: 49.2 (5th)
Free Throw Percentage: 67.9 (7th)
Rebounds Per Game: 3.1 (8th)
We finish off our report cards with the last (but not least) Rhody player who has appeared in every game so far this season. And while he lost a starting spot with the Rams, Jarelle Reischel has adjusted to his new role off the bench quite nicely. That said, the sophomore’s season has been a story of ups and downs… with a few more downs than ups.
Much like… well, almost every Rhody player, Reischel turned in an excellent performance against Maine on opening night. The swingman shot 5-10 from the field and 7-8 from the line en route to a nice 18-point performance. Unfortunately, he’s only reached double-figures in two games since then. And with the loss of his spot in the starting lineup, Jarelle has also seen a decrease in his playing time.
Reischel played in a season-high 31 minutes against Arizona, but things have been going downhill from there. In fact, he’s played just 28 minutes combined in URI’s past two games. And foul trouble isn’t really the issue – it’s more than Jarelle isn’t doing all that much when he’s on the court. He’s tallied just 10 points total in his past three games, and failed to grab even one rebound in 27 minutes of action against George Mason. This isn’t meant to knock Reischel, but he’s the “sixth man”, relied upon to come in of the bench, score some points and spark the team. It’s possible he’s still adjusting to his new role, but the Rams are certainly going to need him down the stretch.
With that, Jarelle checks in at a C+. He’s certainly a talented player, but the contributions have been missing as of late. With URI’s roster now a bit thinner, here’s hoping he can carry some of the load in the final 20-ish games of the season.