Ryan Preston Signs National Letter of Intent with Rhode Island Men's Basketball

Ryan Preston Signs National Letter of Intent with Rhode Island Men's Basketball

KINGSTON, R.I. — Ryan Preston has signed a National Letter of Intent and has committed to further his academic and athletic endeavors at the University of Rhode Island. 

Preston is a 6-7, 230 pound forward who will has attending Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas for the past two seasons.  Over his two seasons at TVCC, Preston helped to lead the Cardinals to a 57-9 record - including a 34-4 mark in NJCAA Region 14 conference play.

"Ryan is a strong, versatile player with a ton of athletic ability.  When you watch him play, his ability to affect the game on the glass and above the rim is evident," said head coach Dan Hurley.  "He can affect both ends of the court and has the ability to block shots.  He is a high-motor, high-energy player that fits the role we were looking for in a post player.  To have an experienced player like Ryan from a winning junior college program for two years is also a plus.  His style of play and athleticism should allow him to competes for a significant role in our lineup."  

This past season, Preston saw action in all 31 games - earning the start on four occasions.  He averaged 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while connecting on 57.6% of his his shots from the floor.  He reached double figures in scoring 11 times and in rebounding six times.  Preston grabbed seven or more rebounds on 15 occasions.  He becomes the fourth Division I commit from Trinity Valley this season and the sixth in two seasons.

During the 2015-16 season, Trinity Valley posted a 33-2 overall record, including a 19-0 mark in conference play, and entered the NJCAA Championship as the No. 1 seed before falling in the quarterfinal round.  Preston saw action in 32 games and averaged 5.2 points and 5.5 boards of the bench.  He grabbed seven or more rebounds in 10 games for the Cardinals.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Preston played at South Shore H.S. and was ranked as one of the top 25 players in New York City as a senior by the New York Daily News.  He helped lead SSHS to the 2015 PSAL Brooklyn Borough quarterfinals.  He played his AAU basketball with the New York Rens.