Three-star power forward and Rhode Island Rams commit Leroy Butts may have committed to the university, but will not be enrolling there for the fall semester. Per Bill Koch of the Providence Journal, the NCAA has red-flagged Butts’ standardized test scores and he is thus unable to enter school.
A former star at Maryland’s Clinton Christian School, near Washington DC, Butts had also received offers from Rutgers, Cincinnati and DePaul while also drawing interest from Miami, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgetown. At 6-foot-8, 200 pounds, he was expected to provide plenty of frontcourt depth behind junior Hassan Martin as well as seniors Ifeanyi Onyekaba and Earl Watson. Freshman Nicola Akele and transfer Kuran Iverson are also there to provide depth up front.
Thus, while Butts’ ineligibility isn’t exactly a devastating loss for the Rams, who have gone 45-49 (21-29 A-10) in three years with continual improvement under Dan Hurley, it still stings for multiple reasons. First, it leaves Rhode Island a man short. On top of that, it leaves Butts’ future in limbo for the time being.
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