Will Rhode Island use their final 2017-18 scholarship on a transfer? Perhaps. The Rams are showing interest in former UNLV guard Jalen Poyser.
This one deviates from the script a bit. After a slew of offers to big men who can play right away, URI is broadening their scope a bit by (reportedly) targeting a guard who will need to sit out a year. The Rams are in on UNLV transfer Jalen Poyser, according to a report from SNY’s Adam Zagoria.
6-4 UNLV transfer Jalen Poyser has strong interest from Rhode Island, Texas, UConn, St Bonaventure, Tulane and more.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 27, 2017
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Rhody recruited Poyser back in 2014, but eventually lost out to the Runnin’ Rebels. And the 6’4″ guard was a nice piece for UNLV last year. After making just one start in his freshman campaign, Poyser started 21 games in 2016-17, averaging 10.4 points and 2.6 assists per game. His shooting percentage, however (35.3 from the field and 28.8 from three), could use a little improvement.
That said, teams like Texas and St. Bonaventure and UConn are interested for a reason. Poyser will have to sit out next year, but he’ll be a solid contributor over his final two seasons. And Rhody has shown that they’re willing to take on guard transfers. See: Stanford Robinson.
Will the second time be the charm for URI and Poyser? Or would you prefer they target someone with a little more size (and someone that can play right away)? Let us know in the comments.