The outgoings have ended at the University of Rhode Island. The incomings appear to be just getting started.
The Rams pulled in a pair of commitments on Sunday, two freshmen who figure to find the Ryan Center court sooner rather than later in 2022-23.
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Maryland wing Louis Hutchinson and Canadian center Jeremy Foumena both pledged to URI via their personal social media accounts. They join George Washington transfer guard Brayon Freeman among the first recruiting class for coach Archie Miller.
Hutchinson prepped at a pair of national powers at IMG Academy and Long Island Lutheran. Foumena is a French native and Montreal resident whose most recent basketball stop was Orangeville Prep in Toronto. Both are expected to be in uniform this fall as the Rams look to move on from a pair of difficult seasons spent in the bottom half of the Atlantic 10.
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Louis Hutchinson, 6-foot-7
Hutchinson is a rangy 6-foot-7 and profiles as either a big guard or small forward. He suffered an injury during his junior season and planned to push his commitment date into the Class of 2023. URI was able to change his mind thanks to leading interest from assistant coach Kenny Johnson.
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Jeremy Foumena, 6-foot-11
Foumena is a 6-foot-11 frontcourt presence who can step out to the midrange with his jump shot. He’s out of the same program that helped develop Jamal Murray, Luguentz Dort and Thon Maker among other NBA players. Rams assistant coach Duane Woodward used his international contacts as the lead.
Hutchinson claimed early offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Memphis and more. He also held interest from Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Marquette, Maryland, Syracuse and more. Hutchinson played on the Nike grassroots circuit with Team Durant.
Foumena claimed offers from Georgetown and Central Florida along with interest from Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, Marquette, DePaul and more. He also played on the Nike circuit last summer with the Georgia Stars, suiting up for 10 games. Foumena averaged 3.4 points and 4.0 rebounds against strong competition on the EYBL stage.
URI adds Hutchinson and Foumena to Freeman, who had a solid presence during his lone season with the Colonials. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team while averaging 10.3 points and shooting 43.6% from the 3-point range. Freeman announced his transfer after the firing of George Washington coach Jamion Christian.
URI outgoing transfers should be complete
The Rams resolved what should be their final bit of outgoing business in the transfer portal on Saturday. Ileri Ayo-Faleye announced a commitment to Vermont on his personal social media accounts, the sixth player to leave URI this offseason. Ayo-Faleye selected the Catamounts ahead of a reported offer from Brown and the option to remain in Kingston in a likely reserve role.
According to KenPom.com, Makhi Mitchell and Makhel Mitchell are the only two former Rams who committed to a program in a stronger conference. The former four-star recruits will enroll at Arkansas, which has reached the Elite Eight in consecutive seasons. Tres Berry (Charleston Southern), Allen Betrand (Rider) and Antwan Walker (Bryant) will also play elsewhere next year.
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The Rams retained fifth-year wing Malik Martin and third-year guard Ishmael Leggett after their own entries into the transfer portal. Martin and Leggett should help URI build a strong cultural base under Miller, who signed a five-year deal in March. Miller said during his introductory press conference he wanted to build for the long term and tap the international market among other goals. He did both this weekend.
The Rams still have five open scholarships and are likely to fill at least a couple of them. Missouri transfer wing Sean Durugordon has visited campus and the Rams have also been in contact with Pittsburgh transfer guard Femi Odukale, URI has turned a significant amount of attention to its Class of 2023, issuing reported offers to point guards Trey Autry and Vasean Allette, shooting guards Reid Ducharme and Jamie Kaiser Jr., small forward Brandon Williams and power forward Thomas Haugh.
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