After taking a look at all of the juniors and seniors, our previews now bring us to the sophomores. Wait, but haven’t we only previewed four players so far? Yes, despite being young, this year’s URI basketball team is deep and it’s talented. And they’ve got enough role players (or glue-guys, high-energy bench players, or whatever cliché you want to use) to give Dan Hurley a lot of match-up options. Which brings us to Mike Aaman.
- Originally committed to Dan Hurley and the Wagner Seahawks, but was released from his LOI and came over to Rhode Island along with the head coach.
- Played arguably his best game in a Rhody uniform against the Richmond Spiders, scoring 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 64-61 Rams loss.
- We say arguably, because some may argue that Aaman’s best game came in URI’s 76-66 win over Vermont. Mike’s line of 15 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks played a huge role in the Rhody victory.
- Aaman has struggled with injury a bit in his time at Rhode Island. He missed four games (two in a row on two separate occasions) last season, and also missed action overseas this summer in URI’s trip to Italy. The sophomore’s hard-nosed, gritty playing style certainly has something to do with it, and most Ram fans can deal with a few bumps and bruises if Mike continues to bring that kind of energy.
It’s unlikely that Aaman will be the starting center for Rhody this season, although he is the type of player who could see a lot of minutes in certain match-ups. That said, aving a player that plays the style of basketball that he does is a welcome sight for any D-I coach.