KIngston, RI, United States (4E Sports) – University of Rhode Island (URI) Rams sophomore big man Jordan Hare has taken an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons.
While Hare will remain enrolled at URI as a full-time student, there is a chance that he will not return to the team.
The 6-foot-10 Hare averaged 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while starting 19 of 27 games as a freshman last season and was expected to be a key piece for the Rams this season.
His ability to block and change shots is what the Rams will miss most while Hare’s away from the team, especially with the new rules regarding contact on the perimeter and the block/charge call as it pertains to help defenders.
Hare’s best performance last season came in a 58-54 loss to Loyola (MD) on November 23, as he accounted for eight points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks in 28 minutes of action.
Rhode Island finished 8-21 last season in Dan Hurley’s first at the helm. However, the Rams are expected to take a step forward with the addition of transfers Gil Biruta (Rutgers), Biggie Minnis (Texas Tech) and Jarelle Reischel (Rice).
Hurley was hoping that the Saginaw, Mich., native would develop into one of the top frontline players in the A-10.
Rhode Island will start their season Friday November 8 in a home match up against the Black Bears of Maine.