Saturday, November 8, 2008

8th Place - Rhode Island Rams

Head Coach: Jim Baron
Record at URI: 108-107 (7)

Homecourt: Ryan Center (7,657)

1 Stevie Mejia Fr G 5-9 175
2 Ben Eaves Jr F 6-7 225
4 Jamal Wilson Fr G 6-5 195
5 Marquis Jones So G 5-11 200
12 Orion Outerbridge Fr F 6-9 210
15 Lamonte Ulmer Jr F 6-6 215
20 Jimmy Baron Sr G 6-3 195
21 Delroy James Jr F 6-8 220
22 Keith Cothran Jr G 6-4 195
32 Will Martell So C 7-0 245
33 Kahiem Seawright Sr F 6-8 235
54 Jason Francis Sr F 6-9 280

First 5:
1- M. Jones (he will be sharing minutes with freshman Mejia but gets the nod in the early season to start. he just needs to set up Baron and Cothran and play solid defense.)
2- J. Baron (he is back for his final go round and I will be happy to see him leave. he is one of the best three point shooters in the nation capable of scoring in bunches. his dad would like to see continious improvement in his defense and ball handling. deepest range in the A10.)
3- K. Cothran (he has a solid reputation as a defender and I look for him to double his 7 ppg average from last season. solid player overall who thrives at attacking the rack.)
4- D. James (he will have a chance to replace Will Daniels scoring load for the Rams this season. i think he is up to the challenge and is more of a combo forward. the brother of departed Duquesne center Shawn has potential to be a key contributor.)
5- K. Seawright (is the A10's best returning rebounder. he is capable of double digits if he could get some help down low. i like his overall game and i feel he is vastly underrated.)

Second 5:
1- S. Mejia (smallish guard had several scoring outbursts in prep school last season. has a chance to see significant court time in his first season.)
2- J. Wilson (freshman will provide depth in the backcourt. has good scoring potential.)
3- B. Eaves (UCONN transfer is reportedly a good shooter. this England native has good athletic ability and will help Baron play his preferred style of pushing and attacking.)
4- O. Outerbridge (Rhody's most touted recruit received looks from ACC schools before deciding on the Rams. his development and ability to contribute could go along way to moving his team up the rankings.)
5- W. Martell (improving big man has some shot blocking skills. has a chance to see good time when Baron moves james to the the wing.)

URI had a very similar collapse last season as the Flyers. But for different reasons. A few close losses sapped their confidence and they didn't recover. Still they were rated as high as #22 in the AP last year and Baron is a very solid coach. I would look for steady improvement throughout the year from this edition of the Rams. Baron Jr. is a great scoring option. Teams must account for him at all times. I also love what Seawright does on the inside for them. The key is the development of James and point guard play. Jones and Mejia must be solid for them to do much come March.

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