With the news that Jordan Hare is expecting to return to the Rams this coming season, Rhode Island is no longer pursuing Oak Hill Academy forward Rokas Gustys. Given this news, it seems that the Lithuanian big man was more of a contingency plan in case Hare did not return to the program. Chris DiSano was the first to float the news, and his tweet required a little bit of “reading between the lines”.
Hearing tht w/ Earl Watson & expected return of Jordan Hare to URI frontcourt, '14 recruiting focus has shifted to targeting perimeter need.
— Chris DiSano (@CDiSano44) May 2, 2014
SNY’s Adam Zagoria swooped in a little later to confirm what many were speculating…
The addition of Hare also means Rhode Island is no longer recruiting 6-8 Oak Hill forward Rokas Gustys, who is expected to announce Monday or Tuesday for Hofstra, UAB and Tulane.
…and Bill Koch got the word directly from Gustys himself.
— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) May 3, 2014
In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a bad plan for URI at all. They’re returning their entire front court from a season ago, and they’ve added Earl Watson and now Hare into the mix. The addition of Jarvis Garrett gives them just two true point guards, and they still haven’t replaced Xavier Munford at shooting guard.
So the recruiting focus shifts to perimeter players and/or wings. The two obvious players that come to mind are Jared Terrell and Hallice Cooke, but there’s no real indication of URI’s involvement with either just yet. The Rams are involved with a number of other players, including a few JuCos. Only time will tell – the regular signing period ends in a little less than three weeks.