With the loss of Preston Murphy pretty much official (the only thing missing is an announcement from BC), it’s time to start adjusting to fandom without the URI alum. And not to downplay Preston’s impact in any way, but assistant coaches come and go. Good programs survive changes like this. And as long as Dan Hurley is still at the helm, you have to think that Rhody is going to be fine.
But there’s one small caveat here, and it’s this: Murphy was an absolute all-star recruiter. From E.C. Matthews to Jarvis Garrett to Jordan Hare to T.J. Buchanan, Preston brought a lot of impact players to Rhode Island. Additionally, the Rams were (are?) no doubt involved with some Michigan players (and other Preston recruits) for the class of 2014 and beyond. But just because Murphy was the king of recruitment doesn’t mean Luke Murray and Jim Carr are chopped liver. Remember, Murray was brought in because of his strong connections to AAU programs in New England. Those haven’t paid off just yet, but he’s only been at Rhode Island for about a year. He’s also recruiting Rhody target and Oak Hill Academy forward Rokas Gustys, who remains unsigned.
And that’s the final piece of good news: the word on Twitter and in other reports is that there are irons in the fire for 2014 from both Carr and Murray. And let’s not forget Dan Hurley, aka The Closer. He’s no stranger to the recruiting trail, and it’s not just the assistants that do the leg work. So hopefully this recruiting cycle will complete with minimal hiccups. Sure, the Rams will need to bring in Murphy’s replacement sooner rather than later, but until then: there’s no reason to panic. Rhody is equipped to weather this.