KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island head coach David Cox announced the signing of combo guard Omar Silverio Thursday morning.
The 6-4, 190-pound Silverio led St. Raymond's to the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association quarterfinals this season. A three-time All-Catholic High School Athletic Association selection, the Bronx, N.Y. native he is considered a three-star recruit. He will be part of the 2018-19 Rhode Island roster.
"We are extremely excited about the commitment of Omar," Cox said. "He's a tremendously talented guard who scored more than 1,000 points during his career at St Raymond's. The strength of the Catholic league in New York City will have Omar well prepared for the rigors of college basketball and the Atlantic 10."
Rhode Island was among the schools that initially recruited Silverio, who also had offers from Dayton, Massachusetts, Fordham, VCU, Saint Louis, Iona and Rutgers before signing a national letter of intent with Santa Clara. Silverio decided to reopen his recruitment and came to campus last week, committing to the program during the visit.
Silverio played his AAU ball with New Heights, the same program that produced former Rhode Island player Hassan Martin. He helped New Heights reach the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta last July.
"Omar is a big-time shooter, with the ability to play either guard spot," Cox said. "He has strong ball-handling skills and passing ability and will fit in very well with our system."
Silverio joins an already stellar recruiting class for the Rams that includes forwards Jermaine Harris and Dana Tate as well as guard Tyrese Martin.