There’s no doubt that the focus is on URI football right now, both here and amongst the fans. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on in the world of Rhody basketball. In fact, there are several new stories related to players that Rhode Island is reportedly involved with. Here’s a recap:
Despite the fact than Mann’s mother is the new head coach of the URI women’s basketball team, the general consensus on the Twitter machine was that this didn’t mean all that much. Rhody was a long shot to land Mann’s services, and Boston College was considered the favorite.
So naturally, it wasn’t a surprise when Mann announced yesterday that he will be attending… Florida State? Wait, what? Yes, it was a bit of a shocker, but Mann did list the Seminoles amongst his final six schools. Another interesting tidbit: Mann has yet to take his official visit to FSU, but he plans to do that this fall.
On to some potentially good news. Power forward and Connecticut native Steve Enoch has scheduled an official visit to Kingston the weekend of September 5, according to SNY’s Adam Zagoria. Enoch will also visit UConn, which he has planned for the following weekend. He also visited VCU (unofficially) earlier this week. Most pundits are listing UConn as the favorite here. But hey, stranger things have happened.
We wrote about Brown earlier this week, and on paper it looks like he’s a solid fit for the Rams. There’s just one tiny exception… URI may not have room on their roster for another scholarship player. This appeared to be resolved with both Mike Aaman and Mike Powell being granted their respective releases a few weeks ago. In fact, Aaman is already gone, having committed to Wagner this week.
But the Powell case is a little different. Due to Academic Progress Rate (APR) concerns, Powell will occupy a scholarship unless he finds a school that is willing to take him on as a transfer. So being “granted his release” comes with a qualifier, one that was not previously reported until this week. It’s an odd situation for sure, but as of right now, the URI roster is at capacity for 2014-15. Whether that changes or not is contingent on Mike Powell’s transfer status. It’ll be something to watch as the summer rolls on.