The Rams have been linked to several key transfers this offseason. Here’s a list of the potential ballers with a little on each.
Jarelle Reischel: 6’6 212lb SG from Rice. Averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds as a freshman this past season.
I’d put Reischel in the “likely to sign” category based on the tea leaves I’ve read after his visit to Richmond. Reischel originally chose Rice despite offers from six BCS teams including the likes of Maryland, Georgetown and West Virginia. Reischel started 13 games for the Owls, posted double-digit scoring outputs seven times and averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in games he played 20 or more minutes.
Michael Bradley: 6’10 225lb F/C from UConn. Has yet to acquire any D1 stats.
Ram fans were pretty pumped about Bradley two years ago when we were on his final list of teams, but the allure of the prestigious UConn basketball program eventually drew him to Storrs where he would redshirt a year before being asked to give up his scholarship (the balls on these programs!) for a higher-rated recruit this past season. After two years of the the Connecticut run-around, Bradley is looking to contribute, and VCU is in the mix for his services once again. Bradley has visited Western Kentucky where he was apparently impressed, and has also visited Belmont and Stetson. Tough to figure this one out. Having picked UConn out of high school over a school he’d get more playing time, he clearly has shown a desire to play for the better-known program, and when you compare his transfer options, VCU would lead that category by a mile.
Damontre Harris: 6’9 214lb F/C from South Carolina. Averaged 6.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks this past season.
Like Bradley, Harris was a one-time target of Shaka Smart. Where the two differ is in status leaving high school. Harris was all over everyone’s radar as a Rivals 4-star, their No.64 player coming out of high school that year. Harris remains on those radars as well, reportedly being pursued by the likes of Kansas, Florida and UVA to go along with VCU and others. Where VCU has the advantage is in the previously built relationship between Shaka and Harris, who’s high school coach recently stated, “I just know that [Harris] has a previous relationship with VCU and Shaka [Smart]. Shaka recruited him some when he was at Florida before he got the VCU job”.
Michael Gbinije: 6’7 205lb G/F from Duke. Averaged 1.8 points, 0.2 assists, and 0.2 steals this past season.
Gbinije went to Duke as a Rivals 4-star player, the 35th-best of his class according to the service, but notched a paltry 5.8 minutes/game for the Blue Devils. I’ve yet to see Gbinije’s list of potential future homes, but LOVE to speculate a trip home to play for the black-and-gold isn’t out of the question. Why? Because as just mentioned, Gbinije is from the area. A Chester native (like yours truly) who played his ball in the Museum District at Benedictine, Gbinije would be the second top-100 recruit to join the Rams next season, joining Jordan Burgess, his former teammate with the Cadets.