Rhode Island on the verge of adding key piece under Hurley

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Consensus top-100 guard, Jared Terrell, is expected to make a decision this week between Rhode Island and Boston College.

Consensus top-100 guard, Jared Terrell, is expected to make a decision this week between Rhode Island and Boston College.

They say good things come to those who wait, and after several visits, a commitment to another school followed by a change of heart that resulted in yet another visit, the Rhode Island Rams may be on the verge of landing a major piece for their rebuild under Dan Hurley.

Consensus top-100 shooting guard, Jared Terrell, visited Kingston yesterday and has narrowed his new list down to Rhode Island and Boston College, with URI rumored to be the favorite.

The Weymouth, Massachusetts native had originally committed to play his college ball at Oklahoma State before recently being granted his release from the program due to what his AAU coach, Ty Boswell, told CBS was, “Not a good fit at this time.”

The power combo guard is one of just two ESPN top-100s in the 2014 class yet to make a final decision and the highest available at No.79. Rivals ranks him 66th in the 2014 class and he checks in at No.43 in the class according to 247 Sports.

Since decommitting from the Cowboys, Terrell had narrowed his list down to Providence, Boston College and Rhode Island. The Friars dropped out leaving Terrell with visits to both BC and Rhody on back-to-back days this week.

Dan Hurley is set to begin his third season with the program and will have the Rams once again a chic pick to climb toward the top of a tough Atlantic 10 conference that has sent at least five teams to the dance since Hurley has been in the league.

The Rams lose their leading scorer in senior guard Xavier Munford (16.9 ppg) but otherwise return the rest of a roster that won six more game than they had the previous season and jumped from finishing 14th in the conference in 2013 to 10th this past season.

Terrell would join a talented young core that includes rising sophomores EC Matthews (14.3 ppg) and Hassan Martin (2.5 bpg). The 6’5 Matthews won Co-Rookie the Year honors while Martin proved to be one of the best shot-blockers in the conference this past season as a freshman.

The Rams have two recruits currently committed: 6′ point guard Jarvis Garrett out of Milwaukee and 6’7 juco power forward, Earl Watson, from Fort Pierce, Florida.

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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