KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island Head Coach Dan Hurley has officially put together what is arguably the most impressive recruiting class in program history, adding four high-impact players during the 2017 signing period.
Hurley and his staff brought in two Rivals.com Rivals 150 recruits, as forward Jermaine Harris was the No. 77 overall recruit and guard Brendan Adams was ranked No. 132 on the list. Coupled with guard Tyrese Martin and forward Dana Tate, the recruiting class is ranked No. 25 in the country by scout.com, just five spots behind Duke and two behind Oregon.
"I'm very excited about this class, as it's potentially one of the best in program history," Hurley said. "My staff and I were able to go out and add student-athletes that fill immediate needs. We are adding four talented young men that represent everything we look for in a student-athlete. They are great people, students and very talented basketball players. We signed players who will fit in very well with the culture we have at URI. It secures our needs as we strive to compete for championships on a yearly basis."
Hurley's class ranks ahead of the likes of Florida, Villanova, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Connecticut. The next highest school from the Atlantic 10 on the list is Saint Louis at No. 46.
Brendan Adams - Guard - 6-3/190 - Calvert Hall College
Adams comes to Rhode Island out of Calvert Hall College High, where he competed in the Baltimore Catholic League that boats nearly a dozen seniors committed to Division I programs this year. The younger brother of St. Bonaventure's Jaylen Adams, Brendan Adams spent the summer playing for Carmelo Anthony's team in the Nike EYBL circuit. The 6-3 shooting guard is a consensus three-star recruit and is ranked No. 132 on the Rivals.com Rivals 150 2018 Prospect list. Rhode Island was able to beat out Georgia to include Adams in its class.
Associate Head Coach David Cox on Adams
"Brendan had an outstanding junior season that resulted in a number of high-major offers. He has the size, athleticism and skill set to fit our system very well. He is a strong ball-handler and passer with a very high IQ. He also is a big-time shooter, and we obviously are very excited to have him. He is the younger brother of Jaylen Adams from St. Bonaventure, and we are hoping he can have the same type of impact here early in his career. He is without a doubt a rotational player, and he will have every opportunity to fight for a starting job with the departure of four senior guards."
Jermaine Harris - Forward - 6-8/220 - Rock Creek Christian
Ranked No. 77 on the Rivals.com Rivals 150 2018 Prospect list, Harris is one of the top recruits in program history. The physically mature power forward had offers from nearly two dozen schools and in the end picked Rhode Island over Xavier. His final eight schools included the likes of Kansas, Miami, Maryland and South Carolina. As a junior, he led his team to a 28-4 record and a No. 5 ranking in Maryland, according to MaxPreps.com.
Associate Head Coach David Cox on Harris
"Jermaine Harris is a young man who has been on my personal radar since he arrived in Maryland from Atlanta, Ga. four years ago. He obviously is an extremely talented young man ranked in the top 75 recruits in the country. He is gifted with size, athleticism, mobility and a growing skill set. I give a tremendous amount of credit to his head coach, Chris Coles, for Jermaine's development. Jermaine was a very raw young man, and now you are talking about a young man who shot 40 percent from 3-point range on the Under Armour circuit and dunks everything around the rim. Jermaine has a college-ready body and college size. To land a recruit like this here in the Atlantic 10, beating out high-major schools such as Kansas, West Virginia, Miami, and schools of that nature was a big coup for us. Coach Hurley dove in during the spring and really did a great job of developing a relationship with Jermaine, and that played a tremendous role in us being able to bring him in."
Tyrese Martin - Guard - 6-6/195 - William Allen/Massanutten Military Academy
With nearly two dozen offers from schools including Minnesota, Seton Hall, Utah, St. Bonaventure, La Salle, Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis, Martin was a highly sought-after wing player. The consensus three-star recruit led Allen High to a 26-3 record and an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last winter and is spending a prep year at Massanutten Military Academy this year. Martin was a part of back-to-back 17U national championships with We R1 of the Under Armour Association. He also played regularly against current Rhody freshman Fatts Russell during his days with Allen. Over his final two seasons at Allen, Martin scored 982 points, finishing his career with 1,120.
Associate Head Coach David Cox on Martin
"Tyrese Martin is a young man from Pennsylvania who played on the Under Armour circuit for We R1. Coach Hurley and I both watched him during his junior year and really liked him. We both made our presence felt very strong for Tyrese. His coach and mentor played a major role in both his recruitment and his development as a player. Coach Hurley and I both developed a strong relationship with his coach, James Johns. We spent a lot of time over the summer trailing Tyrese around the country, and it paid dividends. We ended up beating out Seton Hall for his services, and we are extremely excited about him. At 6-6, he shoots the ball really well and has a college-made body. He is extremely versatile, and this is a young man we predict will make an all-defensive team because of that versatility on the defensive end. He will come in immediately and have an impact on this team as a rotational player who will compete for starting minutes."
Dana Tate - Forward - 6-7/210 - MacDuffie School
Coming out of the same Expressions Elite (Mass.) AAU program that produced current senior Jared Tarrell, Tate is a frontcourt player with the ability to score both inside and from the perimeter. Rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, he chose the Rams over fellow Atlantic 10 schools Massachusetts and Richmond and also had offers from Northeastern, St. Bonaventure, La Salle and Old Dominion. Tate – who was the first player in the group to offer a verbal commitment – has the ability to slash through the defense and get to the rim, but also has the motor to defend inside and crash the boards on either end of the floor. He also is a deft passer with strong court vision.
Assistant Coach Tyron Boswell on Tate
"Dana had a great junior season and is regarded as one of the more underrated players in the country. He fits Coach Hurley's system perfectly. He has improved his skill level tremendously over the past year. He is explosive with very good body control, and he can make plays off the bounce, as well as in the post. This is a tough, athletic forward who is a fearless competitor. He has established himself as a tenacious rebounder and he plays with a never-ending motor. Comfortable and confident in both a fast-paced game or a grind it out affair, Dana displays versatility and productivity that will be welcomed in Kingston. Dana has a college-ready body and will have an opportunity to come in and play right away. The relationship Coach Hurley and I have developed with Todd Quarles of Expressions Elite has continued to pay off."