Rhode Island received some encouraging news on Monday as forward Kuran Iverson will be eligible to play right away. The NCAA got rid of hardship waivers, but Iverson transferred into Rhode Island before the rule was changed, so he was allowed to apply to play right away. The news of Iverson’s eligibility was first reported by ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman.
The 6-foot-9 Iverson is talented, but he never found his footing in two seasons at Memphis. The rising junior transferred away from the Tigers during the 2014-15 season and found a new spot in the Atlantic 10. Iverson averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game during his sophomore season and he was suspended by Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and made matters worse by retweeting criticisms of Paster on Twitter.
The Connecticut native was ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals, and was a highly-touted four-star recruit coming out of high school. Iverson was going to be able to play this season regardless of the waiver, but now he doesn’t have to sit out the first semester like he was expected to do.
Kuran Iverson has found a new place to play, as the former Memphis forward will transfer to Rhode Island, according to Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop.
The 6-foot-8 Iverson was suspended two games for violating a team rule at Memphis this season and made matters worse by retweeting criticism of Tigers head coach Josh Pastner.
Iverson averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game for the Tigers during the 2014-15 season.
The Connecticut native was ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals, and was a highly-touted four-star recruit.
In the Atlantic 10, Iverson could be an impact player as he’s still immensely talented with a lot of upside. The problem could come in how Iverson adapts to the team concept, as he’s had a few incidents that have led to suspensions during his two years at Memphis. If Iverson buys in and plays his role, he could be a really nice pickup for Rhode Island.
Following an extended suspension, sophomore forward Kuran Iverson has elected to transfer out of Memphis.
Multiple media outlets reported the news, although, this wasn’t much of a surprise. As Grant Milner of 247Sports put it, the writing was on the wall.
On Jan. 6, Iverson was suspended for two games for a violation of team rules. He compounded the punishment by retweeting criticism of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner. Up until Wednesday, Iverson remained suspended with Pastner offering no answer for if or when he would return to the team.
Iverson was averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game for the Tigers.
The 6-foot-8 Connecticut native was ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals. He is the second member of that recruiting class to transfer with Dominic Woodson being the first.
Memphis continues its season on Saturday at home against Central Florida.