Additions and Subtractions is the latest A10Talk series taking a look at new and departing players in each of the Atlantic 10 programs. Today we examine the roster change-ups for the Rhode Island Rams.
- Michael Tertsea, C (6-10, 230 lbs)
After the Washington Post published a piece on Tertsea this past spring, the URI recruit began generating more noise on a national level. A native of Nigeria, Tersea came to the United States to attend John Carroll High School to pursue an American education and the chance to play basketball at a higher level. Now, with the touch of a “gentle giant”, it appears that Tersea could be a major impact player for the Rams down the road. He may still have a bit of weight to put on, but the big man has the physical potential to follow in the footsteps of other African-born college basketball stars such as Amida Brimah (Ghana) and Mamadou Ndiaye (Senegal).
- Stanford Robinson, G (6-4, 200 lbs)
After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Robinson, a former Indiana Hoosier, appears ready to make a major impact on the court this season. Formerly a four-star recruit, Robinson can perhaps be best described as a highly athletic guard who thrives defensively and can viciously slash to the hoop. Off the court issues regarding a failed drug test and incident with a fake ID coupled with limited playing time forced him to transfer, but with the Rams, Robinson has the opportunity to be one of the best players on the court. Look for the redshirt junior to average around 10.0 PPG this season and guard some of the more effective offensive guards in the A-10, a la Charles Cooke (Dayton) and JeQuan Lewis (VCU).
- Mike Layssard Jr., C (6-9, 280 lbs)
Layssard is a three-star recruit out of Texas and shows flashes of interior dominance against guard-centric lineups. While tall enough to be a ‘true center’, Layssard will be able to contribute likely at the power forward position for the Rams. He’s not super fast, but given a couple years under Dan Hurley, he could become an effective rebounder on both ends of the floor.
- Jeff Dowtin, G (6-3, 180 lbs)
A pass-first point guard with great handles, Dowtin turned down offers from Wichita State, Rutgers and George Mason to join the Rams for the 2016-17 season. With the key loss of Four McGlynn, last year’s starting PG, to graduation, Dowtin could be the guy to fill that void. He will likely be backing up Jarvis Garrett at could be this program’s point guard of the future.
- Cyril Langevine, (6-8, 225 lbs)
Langevine adds more depth at the forward position, but will likely be a development project over the course of the next couple years. The three-star does have a pretty cool highlight to show however…see for yourself:
- Four McGlynn, G
McGlynn is by far the biggest loss that URI faces this offseason. A graduate transfer. he played over 33 minutes per game in 15-16 and averaged 11.6 PPG. While not a terrific passer, he did average over two assists per contest. Plus, as a fan, how can you not love the name Four McGlynn?! The A-10 All-Name team might have taken as big a hit as anybody.
- Earl Watson, C
Watson came off the bench and played 19.2 MPG for Rhody this past season. While his depth at the 5 may be a loss, the Rams have plenty of frontcourt talent coming into this season (see above) and likely will not miss him on the floor too much.