Back in the Fall of 2012, prized HS player Kuran Iverson committed to the University of Memphis, and was poised to be a superstar talent for Coach Pastner and the Tigers in their inaugural season in the new Big East Conference.
Iverson was a Top 25 ranked prospect in the 2013 Class, the same one that produced studs like Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, and Jabari Parker, but what most people remember about the 6’9 forward was that he was a distant cousin of former NBA MVP Allen Iverson.
Kuran’s game was vastly different from his iconic cousin in that he is an athletic small forward with handles that reminds many of a young Lamar Odom, who had a terrific NBA career and was a valuable member of 2 NBA Championship squads with the LA Lakers.
He was considered a potential one-and-done type talent but things didn’t go exactly as planned at Memphis as he had his moments but struggled early with the college game, squabbled with the coaching staff, and was eventually suspended for 2 games during his freshman season for a violation of team rules.
Everyone could see that the writing was on the wall, as Iverson announced in January 2014 that he was leaving the program and seeking a transfer at the end of the Spring semester.
In December of 2014, he decided to transfer to the University of Rhode Island to help the Rams contend for an Atlanic 10 Conference Title and play for up-and-coming head coach Dan Hurley.
Yesterday, the NCAA Announced that they had granted Iverson a hardship waiver, allowing him to be available immediately for the ’15-’16 season.
He averaged just 4.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game during his sophomore season but figures to be an immediate starter for Hurley, as the Rams are coming off a successful 23-10 season and playing in the NIT Tourney.
Can Iverson be an impact player for Rhode Island next season?
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.