Abou Ousmane, the 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Scotland Campus (PA), has committed to Rhode Island. Brooklyn native and three-star prospect Abou Ousmane verbally committed to the Rams via his personal Twitter page. The 6-foot-9 power forward also claimed offers from Texas A&M, Old Dominion, Iona and Atlantic 10 rivals Massachusetts and Saint Louis among others.
The Rams have long been in search of a big man to help replace Cyril Langevine next season. URI came up empty in the fall and identified several new targets in the spring, with Langevine set to graduate after totaling 1,082 points, 966 rebounds and 166 blocked shots in four productive years. Jermaine Harris and Antwan Walker profile as returning players who can operate in the paint. He joins point guard Elijah Wood and shooting guard Ishmael Leggett in Rhody’s 2020 class.
This is also an important commitment for URI in light of two recent departures. Mekhi Long and Tyrese Martin have both entered the NCAA transfer portal within the last week, leaving the Rams with six open scholarships. Fatts Russell announced this morning that he is declaring for the NBA draft. URI will still be on the hunt for a perimeter scorer, another frontcourt player and perhaps some experienced guard insurance.
According to the Providence Journal, The Rams are also recruiting Ousmane’s prep teammate, scoring guard Tres Berry, and remain active with a host of other targets. Rhode Island has been listed as being involved with a pair of graduate transfers in DePaul guard Devin Gage and Georgia Tech forward Evan Cole. URI is also chasing St. Benedict’s (N.J.) big man Mounir Hima, Tennessee forward Akeem Odusipe and Charlotte transfer Malik Martin, the younger brother of former Rams great Hassan Martin.
This season will be a test for head coach David Cox and will be a transitional year for the Rams. For now, the Rhode Island Rams will continue to recruit and rebuild for the 2020-2021 season.