Friday, September 21, 2012
3-point shot: Hurleys reshaping Rams
By Andy Katz
1. Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley and assistant Bobby Hurley are doing everything they can to make sure the Rams are even more competitive this season. That’s why the two Hurleys were in Virginia on Wednesday checking out Virginia Episcopal School 6-8 forward Ifeanyi Onyekaba. On Thursday, Onyekaba was on campus trying to be admitted to school. If he can be admitted then the Nigerian native would likely have to go through a waiver to play this season. Still, getting Onyekaba to come to URI in mid-September is an example how aggressive the Hurleys are becoming in reshaping the Rams. A number of programs were hoping to land Onyekaba for the fall of 2013, not immediately for 2012.
2. URI assistant Jim Carr will be in New Jersey Friday for his Brayden Carr Foundation clinic that honors his late 2-year old son who died in 2011. The clinic at Rutgers, where Carr was a former assistant, will be headlined by Florida’s Billy Donovan, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy, Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman and ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla. For more information on the organization go to www.braydencarrfoundation.org.
3. Too often we hear the negative news about college athletes. Well, there is something genuine and kind going on with the Utah men’s basketball team. The Daily Utah Chronicle highlighted the good deeds being conducted by Utah basketball players Jared DuBois, Brandon Taylor, Justin Seymour and Dakarai Tucker, who spent some Sunday mornings this summer feeding the homeless in Salt Lake City with prepared sandwiches. The humanitarian aid has caught on to other members of the Ute athletic department. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, who is trying to rebuild the Ute program, told the Chronicle: "They are going to represent us and give us a sense of pride."