A Message to Rhody Nation from Coach Cox

A Message to Rhody Nation from Coach Cox

To Rhody Nation,

First and foremost, I hope you all safe and doing well during this unusual period we all are facing.

We believe strongly in our vision and have tremendous optimism for the program. We are returning talented players, adding high-impact talent and building off last year's success.

Transfers are a major part of college sports, particularly in basketball. We are not immune to this. Many of the players we bring in to our program were also recruited at the Power 5 level. The transfer option makes the dream a realization, and I wish those who decided to exercise that option well.

That said, it is vital for the sustainability of our program to adapt and bring in players who believe in Rhode Island basketball. We have faced the significant challenges of this offseason head on. The culture at URI has been built through players who believe in URI basketball, who trust in the process, who positively contribute to the culture and who want to be here. That will not change.

Our 2020-21 roster will consist of 12/13 scholarship players with these characteristics. We have an extremely talented group of young men who can lead us to success in a manner that all of Rhody Nation will be proud of. College basketball rosters are more fluid than ever, but we have contingencies in place. Our objective is to get better every day, and we are doing exactly that.

We are excited about next season, and we have not wavered from our championship aspirations. We are working on completing our non-conference schedule, which will prepare us well for strong A-10 competition.

I am thankful for the support of our administration, donors and all of Rhody Nation. Stay safe in these difficult times.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Go Rhody!