Former Memphis Tiger forward Kuran Iverson has officially enrolled at the University of Rhode Island and will play for the Rams once he becomes eligible next season. The troublesome sophomore was suspended for a violation of team rules earlier this month and later recommended by head coach Jeff Goodman to leave the program.
Iverson, cousin of former NBA star Allen Iverson, was once the 33rd overall recruit according to ESPN.com, but has clearly not lived up to his lofty expectations, averaging just 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
Iverson has been a major disappointment thus far in his collegiate career and hopes a fresh start at Rhode Island will allow him to rebuild and recover. The Rams will have Iverson for two and a half more seasons as soon as Iverson is eligible following next year’s fall semester. During his time with the Tigers, Iverson’s off the field problems overwhelmed his rather mediocre play and many questions were raised surrounding the reasoning behind his poor performance on the court.
Also, it remains unclear exactly why Iverson was suspended by Memphis in the first place, but reports linked the punishment to a series of Iverson tweets.
In 2014-15, Memphis currently holds a 12-7 record and has been a big let down in the American Athletic Conference. It would take a serious postseason run for the Tigers to earn a berth to the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, Rhode Island has had an outstanding season, racking up a 13-5 record with a much better shot at becoming NCAA tournament bound out of the A-10 Conference.
If Iverson’s able to iron out the problems, he could be a major boost to the Rams program allowing Rhode Island to ascend to the top of the league. Fans will get their first taste of Iverson in a Rhode Island uniform next fall as Iverson will begin his quest back to college basketball relevancy.
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