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New Commit Ileri Ayo-Faleye Will Provide Insurance For The Rams Future

The University of Rhode Island completed their 2020 recruiting class over the weekend with a commitment from Ileri Ayo-Faleye, who graduated from Pennsylvania's Cedar Crest High School and played his grassroots basketball for the York Ballers. Ayo-Faleye was virtually unheard of at the beginning of the high school year and didn’t have a scholarship offer...
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Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule: Can Practice Truly Make Perfect In Sports?

If you’re a consistent listener of The Upside Podcast, then you’ve probably noticed that I often ask guests, especially college coaches, about their favorite books. There are a lot of very successful coaches who are also avid readers, and given the chance to pick their brains, I find it interesting to find out what resources...
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Exploring Social Injustice in Sports and Beyond

  On Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day, I was “off the grid” for most of the day; not connected to social media or the news. So when I began scrolling through my feed to catch-up on Tuesday morning, my timeline was flooded with headlines about both George Floyd and Amy Cooper. My most immediate reaction was sadness,...

Re-Ranking New England’s 2016 Recruiting Class

In recent weeks, we’ve gone back to “re-rank” the classes of 2017 and 2018. The exercises have proven to be both popular among our readers and useful internally as it helps to pinpoint commonalities among players that were either over or under-rated. The vast majority of the time, rankings tend to reflect a prospect’s market...

Re-Ranking New England’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Last week we “re-did" our 2018 rankings, highlighting the vast changes that have taken place in one of the most celebrated high school classes to come through New England in recent years. Predictably, lots had changed, not just because of variations in the players' respective rates of development but also because the game itself had...

Re-Ranking New England’s 2018 Recruiting Class

Earlier this year, when Providence was preparing for a match-up with Creighton and their star point guard Marcus Zegarowski, we took a deep dive on how the Massachusetts native and Tilton School alum had blossomed into one of the best players in the Big East in less than two years and, in so doing, also differentiated...

BIG EAST Recruiting Class Update

After breaking down the top recruiting classes in the Atlantic 10 last week, this week we'll turn our attention to the BIG EAST, again considering both the high school and transfer ranks to assess incoming classes. Marquette Post-Markus Howard era begins with BIG EAST's best recruiting class The Golden Eagles scored in the early signing period by...

A-10 Recruiting Class Update

The late signing period officially began last week after being initially delayed because of the coronavirus, and so while rosters are still being finalized for next season, they are gradually becoming clearer. No program in the Atlantic 10 has a recruiting class that is among the top 25 rated nationally by ESPN or the top...

Rams Solidify Backcourt with Norance Berry

Rhode Island landed another commitment on Friday with the addition of Scotland Campus guard Norance Tres Berry. And before we get any further, yes, that is the same school where Abou Ousmane plays. Ousmane, of course, committed to the Rams a couple of weeks ago only to decommit after they landed pledges from the Mitchell...

Mitchell Twins and Martin Headline a Big Monday for Rhody

Recruiting can change on the drop of a hat, especially with the prevalence of transfers in today's game. Last week, the prospectus for the 2020-21 version of the Rhode Island men's basketball team looked more ominous than expected as news came that Tyrese Martin would enter his name into the transfer portal and Fatts Russell...