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Rhode Island, BYU ink shooting guards

As the regular signing period came to a close, the Rhode Island Rams and BYU Cougars each announced the addition to their program of shooting guard recruits.

Rhode Island landed 6′-2″ Matthew Butler of East (TN), as their third recruit in the 2013 recruiting cycle, along with Hassan Martin and EC Matthews. A native of Memphis, Butler reportedly averaged 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists as as senior. Hurley praised Butler’s shooting range in a release, saying:

“We are excited to announce the addition of Matthew Butler to the URI men’s basketball program.  Matt is an outstanding perimeter shooter with great range.  He will add depth to our perimeter shooting corps and will increase the level of competition within our program.  His experience as a State Champion as a junior at Memphis East and the resilience he showed as a senior will add to the overall character of our program.”

There will be no shortage of new faces for the Rams next year, as in addition to the players they signed, they have four transfers that will be eligible next season, as well.

BYU announced on Wednesday that Frank Bartley has signed a letter of intent to play for the Cougars in 2013-14.

Head coach Dave Rose said,”We’re excited Frank is coming to BYU. He’s a great competitor who works really hard on both ends of the court. He’s an excellent defender and on offense he can create for himself and for his teammates.”

Bartley is a native of Baton Rogue, Louisiana, where he played at Christian Life Academy (LA). The 6′-3″ Bartley played last season at Future College Prep (CA), where he averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

There will be plenty of competition at BYU for Bartley. They also signed junior college shooting guard Skylar Halford, and have Wake Forest Demon Deacons transfer Chase Fischer set to sit out next season before becoming eligible. Top-100 high school recruit Nick Emery will go on a two year church mission prior to starting his time at BYU.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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