Rhode Island continued its hot run on the recruiting trail by landing another commitment on Sunday. Three-star Class of 2016 guard Jeff Dowtin pledged to the Rams and he represents the team’s fourth commitment in the class in the last 15 days.
The 6-foot-3 Dowtin is a talented scoring guard who was very productive shooting from the perimeter at the Under Armour All-America Camp back in July. Playing with the D.C. Blue Devils in the Under Armour Association, Dowtin averaged 8.2 points per game and was a nice complimentary piece in the backcourt to five-star guard Markelle Fultz.
Dowtin can play a bit of both guard spots and should be a nice addition to a Rhode Island class that is loaded with big men. Currently in the fold for the Rams in the Class of 2016 are three-star centers Mike Layssard and Michael Tertsea along with three-star power forward Cyril Langevine.
The four-man group certainly is a nice group to build on for the future and head coach Dan Hurley continues to bring in talented players.
Given the fact that they’ll begin the 2015-16 season with four upperclassmen in their front court rotation, it comes as no surprise that Rhode Island has looked to address this in their recruiting efforts for the Class of 2016. Having already landed commitments from two forwards, head coach Dan Hurley and his staff reeled in a third in the form of St. Patrick’s (New Jersey) forward Cyril Langevine Thursday afternoon.
News of Langevine’s commitment was first reported by SNY.tv, and he joins Mike Layssard and Michael Tertsea in Rhode Island’s 2016 class.
Langevine played for the Playaz Basketball Club on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, and at the Nike Peach Jam averaged 7.2 rebounds and three blocks per game. Langevine had a good visit to URI last weekend, and that led to his committing to the Atlantic 10 program. Bill Koch of the Providence Journal made note of a similarity between Langevine and current Ram Hassan Martin, who’s one of the top players in the Atlantic 10.
Langevine enters his senior season with the Celtics as a young 17-year-old, similar to Martin during his final campaign with Staten Island Curtis in 2012-13. He flashed considerable rebounding and shot-blocking ability this summer with the NJ Playaz on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball circuit, finishing second on the team in both categories.
“Coach Carr and Coach Hurley saw that from the get-go,” (St. Patrick head coach Chris) Chavannes said. “They’ve been on him ever since – they’ve done a phenomenal job.”
Rhode Island has two seniors in Ifeanyi Onyekaba and Earl Watson, and both Martin and Kuran Iverson will be juniors. And with the Rams adding just one front court player in the 2015 class (Nikola Akele, with Leroy Butts not being cleared academically), URI was in a spot where they needed to add front court options for the future.
They’ve been able to do that, with a player in Langevine whose upside has been mentioned by many scouts being the latest addition to the program.
Rhode Island picked up a low post threat on Sunday with the addition of Class of 2016 center Mike Layssard, a source told NBCSports.com.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Layssard emerged this July during the live evaluation period as he showed a decent set of hands and good touch around the basket. A native of Louisiana, Layssard will have a chance to develop into a good post player the next few years and it should help him greatly to have a college weight room at his disposal. Rivals currently rates Layssard as a three-star prospect.
Layssard is Rhode Island’s first commitment in the 2016 class. With the addition of Layssard and sophomore Andre Berry from the junior college ranks, the Rams will have some massive post players coming in the next two seasons.