URI’s Jalen Carey Receives NCAA Waiver, Immediately Eligible for Rams

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Redshirt sophomore Jalen Carey received a transfer waiver from the NCAA and will be immediately eligible for Rhode Island in 2020-21, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

It is the second time in three days URI Head Coach David Cox received a significant boost from the NCAA waiver system. Sophomore centers Makhi Mitchell and Makhel Mitchell also are eligible immediately.

“As was the case with the Mitchells earlier in the week, getting Jalen immediately eligible is a significant development for the program this team,” Cox said about the 6-3 Carey, who transferred from Syracuse. “Jalen is a highly talented player who improves us on both ends of the floor. We are going to be a dangerous team with the versatility to attack the game in a variety of ways.”

Carey, a Harlem, N.Y. native, will have three seasons of eligibility for Rhode Island. Coming out of high school, he was a consensus four-star recruit in the class of 2018. ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 38 prospect overall nationally, making him one of the highest-rated recruits in URI history. Out of high school, the list of programs that recruited him included the likes of Kansas, Villanova, Miami, Rutgers and UConn.

While at Syracuse, Carey played in 25 games for the Orange as a freshman, averaging 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per contest in 2018-19. Last season he started two exhibition games and the first two regular-season contests before a thumb injury ended his season. He said missing time aided his development last year.

“I feel like last season was my most productive year in terms of learning from the coaches and other players,” Carey said. “I feel like it helped my game a lot, and I just want to take what I learned and bring it here to Rhode Island.”

The heavily recruited transfer chose the Rams from a group of suitors that included Georgetown, Connecticut, Marquette, Creighton, Alabama and BYU.

Rhode Island now has 11 of its 13 scholarship players eligible for the 2020-21 season. Junior transfer Malik Martin (Charlotte) is awaiting word on his waiver from the NCAA. Fellow junior Allen Betrand, a transfer from Towson, will sit out this season and have two seasons of eligibility.

Rhode Island opens the season Nov. 10 when it hosts Drexel.

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