Jarelle Reischel

Former Rhode Island forward to complete eligibility at Eastern Kentucky

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Jarelle Reischel, who played one season at Rice before transferring to Rhode Island in 2012, was one of three players who left Dan Hurley’s program at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Reischel’s playing time decreased while at URI, as he played just over nine minutes per game as a redshirt junior.

With one season of eligibility remaining, Reischel has committed to Eastern Kentucky where he’ll play for new head coach Dan McHale. News of Reischel’s commitment was first reported by Scout.com.

Reischel will be eligible immediately, and he’s a versatile forward who can help McHale as he looks to build upon the success enjoyed under Jeff Neubauer.

In his first season at Rhode Island, Reischel played more than 19 minutes per game and averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. He’s one of five players who will join the EKU program this summer, and there’s history between Reischel and his new head coach.

McHale was a member of Kevin Willard’s coaching staff at Seton Hall during Reischel’s first navigation of the recruiting process, with the 6-foot-6 forward picking Rice over the Pirates and Penn State. McHale obviously didn’t get to coach Reischel then, but he will in 2015-16.

Three Rhode Island players granted scholarship releases

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While Rhode Island lost just two seniors from a team that won 13 conference games (23-10 overall) and reached the second round of the Postseason NIT, three other players won’t be back in 2015-16 either.

According to Bill Koch of the Providence Journal, guard Biggie Minnis and forwards Jarelle Reischel and Matthew Butler have been granted releases from their scholarships. While Butler just completed his sophomore season and will have to sit out at his next school, Minnis and Reischel are both expected to be graduate students eligible to compete immediately.

Minnis was the most productive of the three this season, as he accounted for 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. But his role diminished some due to the progression of Jarvis Garrett, and Reischel experienced a similar change in regards to his role (9.4 mpg after playing more than 19 minutes per game in 2013-14). Both players were factors in Hurley’s work to rebuild the Rhode Island program.

These moves give URI three available scholarships heading into the spring signing period, which begins April 15, and according to Koch the focus will be on adding depth in the front court. In addition to Butler and Reischel the Rams lose senior Gilvydas Biruta as well, with Ifeanyi Onyekaba, Earl Watson (redshirted in 2014-15) and Hassan Martin being the returnees in the interior.

Rhode Island has signed a front court player in 6-foot-8 three-star Leroy Butts (guard Christion Thompson is their other signee), but there’s still room for additions who can help the Rams as they look to follow up on a successful 2014-15. Expected to be a spoiler in the Atlantic 10, URI wound up contending for the conference title and they finished a game behind Davidson (tied with Dayton for second) in the A-10 standings.