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Jared Terrell picks URI

Its been 251 days since URI was considered the runner up for Brewster Academy’s  top 100 prospect Jared Terrell.  Terrell was released out of his NLI from Oklahoma State on April 25, 2014.

A number of programs have come into the fold such as Boston College, Michigan State, Missouri, Providence, Pittsburg, Cincinnati to name a few.  All where taken into to great consideration, but only one could win.

The nations highest rated player left on the board (ESPN) pledged to Dan Hurley and URI today.

“I picked URI because I felt like it was the best fit for me, they run a ton of ball screen action.  My relationship I have with the head coach is great, he understands where I in-vision myself and has a plan of action”

When asked when did he know that URI was his choice, Terrell replied “Yesterday, I went with my gut feeling and felt that coach Hurley could develop my game, and help me get to the next level.

What factors played into you committing ?

“Great guard system, great coach who develops players, also being close enough to home where my family and friends can come see me play, as well as having a chance to win right away,  I could have went to a higher conference but after looking at all options with my family and coaches, URI was the better fit for me.  I was never the person to worry about conference, if you can play they will find you”

You will be joining a backcourt of EC Matthews as well as Jarvis Garrett, that is as good as any young backcourt in the league ?

I agree It feels good to be apart of something special, Obviously we have to put in a lot of work to get the chemistry right, but I feel we can do that and if we do we can be very dangerous”

What where some of the conversations that stick out to you that coach Hurley has said ? ” I would be an immediate impact player, and someone needs to replace Xaiver Munford lol”

Todd Quarles of Expressions Elite states Jared has been great for our program, he has been one of the hardiest working kids I have ever meet, he will be great for URI”

I want to think my family, Expressions Elite and Brewster Academy, all have supported me through this process, its been a long journey and now I can finally call URI home “Lets Go Rhody”

From the looks of Terrell’s thread count on the URI message board has he him proclaimed as one of the biggest recruits in the programs history, as his thread count exceeds over 63 pages.  A local kid who will help tickets sales increase.

 


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Stevie Mejia “A New Beginning”

Stevie Mejia was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Massachusetts after his senior year at Lawrence Academy.  While there Stevie led his Lawrence squad to a 51-7 record in his two years, including a New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) championship in 2006-07 and a championship game appearance in 2007-08. He was a two-time all-tournament team selection at the National Prep School Invitational

After High school Stevie attended the University of Rhode Island for two years, while at URI one would say Stevie didn’t have a chance to break out, as he was prone to do after his freshmen season.  Stevie led the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranked eighth in the country in assist to turnover ratio as a sophomore in 2009-10.  Stevie helped led the Rams who finished 26-10 on the year and reached the semifinals of the Postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) before losing to the University of North Carolina

Stevie started on the AAU circuit with Metro Boston, a program that has produced its fair share of division one talent.  We caught up with Stevie as he geared up for his upcoming season, after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations.  Now at Hoftra Mejia was named a tri-captain by Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara and the junior point guard is excited to lead his new team.

Why did you choose URI coming out of HS?

“I chose URI because it was relatively close to home and I had a good relationship with Asst. coach Pat Skerry.”

 What was the reason for you transferring from URI to Hoftra?

“The reason why I transferred to Hofstra was because I wanted a environment, wasn’t playing to my potential at URI, and the head coach at Hofstra, I knew for a while.”

 What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“Strengths- running a team, making my teammates better, pull ups in the lane, and knocking down open threes.”

 Did you help to land your friend from Boston, Jamal C?

“Yes I did help Jamal come to Hofstra, it was a working process lol”

 How did Lawrence Academy help you develop on and off the court?

“It helps me to become more mature on and off the court.”

 Are you a big believer in kids going to Prep School?

“Yes I am. It help me grow as a person and it’ll help others as well”

 How did AAU Change your life?

“AAU changed my life cause it got my name out there throughout the country.”

 

Tell the readers about Stevie off the court?

“Calm, laid back, business-finance major, everything I do I do for my family, especially my little bros.”

 Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?

“Jameer Nelson”

 Who is your biggest supporter?

“Oscar Lopez from Metro Boston”

 Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“Loyal”

 What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“How much fun I had with my old teammates and coaches.”

 How was it playing for Metro Boston?

“It was great, I miss it, and it was the greatest experience of my life.”