KINGSTON, R.I. (WJAR) — It's been a whirlwind first three months for first year URI Head Coach David Cox.
But now the fun really starts as, the summer workouts have begun at the Ryan Center with the 2018 URI Rams.
"Yeah, it’s always exciting to get back on the court now that everything is done with attempting to get the job (and) that whole process -- the transition process trying to figure out the staff, trying to figure out what players are going to leave and which players are going to stay,” Cox said. “So, now we're finally at the point where everybody is here. We're all hunkered in and this is the fun part -- getting on the court and getting some work in.”
He added that the players are “extremely excited” and anxious for the season to start.
“(We’re) a little bit too anxious, but yeah, it’s very exciting to see what this group has to offer,” Cox said.
The freshman class is one of the highest rated groups to ever enter URI. Now, Cox said he needs to get them ready for college ball.
"Well, it’s a talented group, but the adjustment between high school and college Division I basketball, particularly this level, it’s a huge adjustment and they're coming along,” Cox said. “Let’s just put it this way. I mean, I know that the talent is there they've shown it in flashes they just have to get use to the daily pace the daily intensity and the size and athleticism of the guys they're competing with on a daily basis.”
Even though Rhody graduated five seniors, there will be a number of returning players that Cox will count on, including sophomore Fatts Russell, who will be stepping into a leadership role during the season.
"We're very young this year. We got four freshmen, I believe, and we just got to find a way to get these guys right into being able to play right away, so it’s been difficult, especially with me because I’m not really that vocal,” Russell said. “But I've been putting in the effort and the coaches have been pushing me and its bringing all good right now."
The summer workouts will continue, with the official recruiting period to begin in July for the Class of 2019.