Sophomore guard Rio Haskett has earned a spot in coach Tommy Amaker’s starting lineup this season.
Although much of the attention on campus is focused on The Game, Harvard men’s basketball drudges on in its competitive non-conference slate. The Crimson (2-1) travels down I-95 to Kingston, R.I., to challenge last year’s A-10 regular season champions, the University of Rhode Island (1-1). Dan Hurley led a senior-heavy Rams team past Trae Young’s Oklahoma Sooners in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this past March, ultimately falling to Duke in the subsequent round.
Hurley has since departed to New England blue blood UConn, while five of its seniors including current NBA two-way prospect Jared Terrell have since graduated. First year coach David Cox has managed to retain four of Hurley’s commits, headlined by four-star center Jermaine Harris from Rock Creek Christian Academy in Maryland. One of current Harvard guard Bryce Aiken’s high school classmates, forward Cyril Langevine, is a significant contributor on Cox’s side this season. In Tuesday’s defeat at College of Charleston, Langevine led Rhode Island with 18 points and 10 boards. Joining Langevine is 5’ 10” sophomore guard Fatts Russell and backcourt partner Jeff Dowtin, who dished out 189 assists last season.
Harvard is coming off a three-point victory over UMass on Tuesday night. Junior forward Chris Lewis paced the Crimson with 16 points.
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