Bill Koch of the Providence Journal reported this morning that URI men’s basketball sophomore Tyrese Martin has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

This is the tenth transfer in the past two seasons for the Rams and fourth this academic year. However, Martin is the most significant loss to date, as he averaged 34.2 minutes, starting all 30 games for URI. He also added 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Rhody.

Obviously this is an unexpected departure, as Martin was in line to take on an even bigger role after the graduation of Jeff Dowtin and Cyril Langevine. Now the Rams will return just two starters, Fatts Russell and Jermaine Harris. Off the bench, Jacob Toppin and Antwan Walker are the only returning players. It is unknown at this time where Martin is transferring to.

Martin released this statement in regards to his decision.

Now is not the time for speculation, as no one knows the reasoning behind this decision besides Martin and his family. All that is for sure is that this will have major implications on next year’s URI basketball team. Rhody fans will have to get familiar with a very new team, with Coach Cox and Fatts Russell taking the next step as leaders.

Transfer eligibilty is a hot topic in the NCAA world, and fans may see some changes soon. Sports Illustrated has reported that the NCAA is looking into rule changes about how long transfers have to sit out, if at all. URI missed out on half a season of Antwan Walker and a full season of Jeremy Sheppard because of the current rules. This is just the beginning of the offseason, and it will surely be intersted how this plays out. 

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