Rhode Island Basketball Recruiting: Rams Showing Interest in UNLV Transfer Jalen Poyser

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.

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.

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