Well, the good news-bad news roller coaster was due to bring Rhody fans some good news. And it looks like it’s here: according to a report from Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, URI big man Jordan Hare is expected to return to the Rams for the 2014-15 season. The 6’10” forward/center missed all of last season due to a personal matter, and his status has been pretty much up in the air ever since. Here’s what K-Mac had to say:
URI coach Dan Hurley has been in contact in recent weeks with Hare, the 6-10 sophomore center who left school to deal with family matters back home in Saginaw, Mich., back in October. Sources close to the Rams’ program say Hare is now planning on a return to school in time for a summer session. He’ll work towards regaining his eligibility for the 2014-15 season, a goal that is within reach.
McNamara called the return an “unexpected twist”. Not sure we’d go as far to say that, but it’s no doubt a welcome surprise. And if true, it can finally put all the drama and rumors to rest. It’s expected that last season will count as a red shirt year for Hare, although Hurley and company will no doubt have to get clearance from the NCAA on that front.
Provided he is indeed eligible in the coming season, Hare’s return would provide some much-needed depth in the front court on both ends of the floor. The Michigan native was also an impactful shot blocker in his freshman season, so having him and Hassan Martin on the floor at the same time would be huge for the Rams.
The news also eliminates any “available scholarship” speculation. With Hare’s scholarship seemingly going nowhere, Rhody has two (and only two) open spots left for 2014-15.