URI Basketball Alums, Biruta, Baron and Munford, Set for NBA Summer League Action
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Gilvydas Biruta will be playing for the Denver Nuggets when they face the Atlanta Hawks at 8 p.m. at the Cox Pavillion. Biruta graduated in 2015 and helped lead the Rams to an NIT birth where Rhode Island advanced to the second round before losing to Stanford.
Xavier Munford will play for the Los Angeles Lakers as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Munford graduated URI in 2014 and averaged 17 points per game during his senior season.
Jimmy Baron will play for the New York Knicks when they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, July 11 at 4:30 p.m. Baron graduated from URI in 2009 and averaged 17 points in his senior season.
All NBA Las Vegas Summer League games can be seen here.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal’s All-Rhode Island 2014-15 Division I Hoop Teams
Here is GoLocalProv's 2014-15 All-RI D1 basketball teams.
See the slides below.
G - Kris Dunn
PC's Kris Dunn was the best player in the state of Rhode Island this season. On the year, Dunn averaged 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds leading Providence to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearence.
"He was a terriffic player, it was obvious as the year went on that he was the best pro prospect in the conference. Considering he hadn't played much prior to this season cause of injury, he had a great year," Friar legend Joe Hassett said.
Dunn posted eight Double-doubles and one triple-double during the season and led the Big East in assists and steals. Kris Dunn is the first player ever to lead the league in both of those categories.
Dunn's acolades this season included:
G - E.C. Matthews
E.C. Matthews led the Rams this season, averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game and leading URI to their first post season appearence since 2010.
Matthews scored int double-figures in URI's final ten games and 13 of the last 14 while his season high of 27 points came on December 10 against in state rival Providence.
"E.C. had a great year, adjusted well to being the go to perimeter player for us. He took on the other team's best defender every night and did a good job," URI assistant coach Jim Carr said.
G - Dyami Starks
Dyami Starks led the Bryant Bulldogs to their first division one post season win in program history when Bryant beat Sacred Heart in the NEC quarterfinal.
Starks averaged 19 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 91% from the free throw line.
In Bryant's 31 game season, Starks reached double-figures in scoring in every game accept for two and had at least 20 points in 11 of those games.
"He was terrific this year on and off the court for us. Dyami had a great career, we are going to miss him," said Bryant head coach Tim O'Shea.
After the season, Starks was named to the United States Basketball Writers Asscoiation All-District 1 selection. Starks was the only player from the NEC to be selected.
F - LaDontae Henton
LaDontae Henton carried the Friars offense this season averaging 20 points and seven rebounds per game for Providence. Henton also posted seven double-doubles on the year.
On March 4, LaDontae Henton reached the 2,000 career points milestone making him only the second Friar everto record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The only other Friar to do it is Ryan Gomes, the progams all-time leading scorer.
"LaDontae has been terriffic his entire career, especially this year in a good Big East conference that got six teams into the NCAA Tournament. For him to lead the league in scoring is quite an accomplishment," Hassett said.
Henton ends his Friars career with 2,051 points, making him the second all-time leading scorer in PC history.
For his efforts, LaDontae Henton was selected to the All-Big East first team this season along with teammate Kris Dunn.
F - Hassan Martin
Hassan Martin was a force on the URI front line this season, averaging 11 points and eight rebounds per game for the Rams.
On the year, Martin blocked 103 shots and recorded 24 steals on the season.
On January 22, Martin nearly recorded a triple-double, pulling down nine rebounds, recording 10 blocked shots and pouring in 14 points in URI's 59-47 win over La Salle.
"For him to not be chosen as the A-10 defensive player of the year is mindboggling," URI assistant coach Jim Carr said.
Rookie of the Year
Jared Terrell gets Rookie of the Year honors after starting every game except one and averaging nine points per game for the Rams.
Terrell's career high 23 points came in a 81-68 win over St. Louis.
On the year, Jared Terrell averaged 1.4 steals per game for a season total of 46 to help lead URI's lock down defense.
Jarvis Garrett (URI): six points per game, 33 games played, 25 minutes per game.
Ben Bentil (PC): 6.4 points, 5 rebounds per game, 21 minutes per game in 34 games played
Bosko Kostur (Bryant): 8 points per game in 23 games played, 12 starts.
Coach of the Year
URI coach Dan Hurley gets Coach of the Year honors after leading the Rams to a 23-10 overall record and 13-5 in the A-10.
To put the wins in perspective, in Dan Hurley's first two seasons as Rams head coach, URI only won 22 games.
Under Hurley, the future of URI basketball looks bright.
Ed Cooley (PC): 22-12 overall, 11-7 in the Big East. Made it to NCAA Tournament for second straight season.
Tim O'Shea (Bryant): 16-15 overall, 12-6 NEC. Won first division I post season game in program history.
Player of the Year
Kris Dunn is the player of the year in Rhode Island averaging 16 points, seven assists and five rebouds to help lead the Friars back to the NCAA Tournament.
Dunn is the only player in history to lead the Big East in both steals and assists.
Now the Friars and their fans wait on Dunn's decsion. Stay in college or go to the NBA?
"I say 50 percent chance he leaves. I think he can be an NBA player. But my advice to him would be to stay in school another year," said Joe Hassett.
LaDontae Henton (PC): 20 points, seven rebounds per game. Led the Big East in scoring.
E.C. Matthews (URI): 17 points and five rebounds per game. Was named tot he Bob Cousy Award watch list prior to the season starting.
Dyami Starks (Bryant): 19 points per game. Led Bryant to first division I post season win in school history.
GoLocal Second Team
Here are five players that made the GoLocal second team.
G- Joe O'Shea (Bryant): 11 points per game, shot 47 percent from the field.
G- Jared Terrell (URI): Averaged nine points per game, 46 steals on the season.
G- T.J. Buchanan (URI): Averaged six points and three rebounds per game for URI. Provided a big spark and leadership off the bench.
F- Cedric Kuakumensah (Brown): Averaged 11 points, eight rebounds per game. Recorded 76 blocked shots on the season.
F- Rafael Maia (Brown): Averaged ten points, nine rebounds on the season. Recorded seven double-doubles on the season.
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