Source: URI to name head coach in next 24 hours

Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn has the task of selecting URI's next coach. (WJAR)

A source told NBC 10 News on Tuesday that the University of Rhode Island will name a new head basketball coach within the next 24 hours.

Former Head Coach Dan Hurley left the position in March to lead UConn.

Now, Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn has the task of selecting URI's next coach.

The frontrunner for the job is David Cox, who spent the last four seasons on Hurley’s staff, including the last two years as associate head coach.

Cox also has a six-figure buyout in his contract as a "coach in waiting.” That means if URI doesn't choose him, he will get paid and most likely follow Hurley to UConn.

Cox is also responsible for recruiting three of the Rams four 2018 recruits, who are all showing their support for COX on social media, including Jermaine Harris, who said he signed up to play for Cox.

Also on the list to be interviewed according to a source: Celtics Assistant Coach Micah Shrewsberry.

Shrewsberry coached with Brad Stevens at Butler before leaving for Purdue and eventually rejoining Stevena with the Celtics in 2013. He was also a candidate for the UMass opening in 2017.

Other names swirling around for the head coaching job include Vermont's John Becker and Joe Dooley from Florida Gulf Coast. But, Dooley reportedly accepted the East Carolina job.

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