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Community College of Rhode Island

Contact Information

Rick Harris
Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Andy Jackson
Assistant Coach

Soap Toun
Assistant Coach

Joe Pavone
Athletic Director 

Kevin Salisbury
Team Administrator 

Steve Rooney
Head Athletic Trainer

Main Office:
Knight Campus

Fax: 401-825-1062

About the Program

Men's Basketball qualifies for the 2012 National Tourny!

CCRI Knights Men’s Basketball 2015-16 Preview

The 2015–16 CCRI men’s basketball team is working hard each day to improve individually and as a team. Rick Harris enters his twenty-sixth year as a head coach and tenth at the helm of the Knights (173-114). Harris and his returning staff, Rob SanSouci, Andy Jackson, along with newcomer and former CCRI athlete Joshua Perry, believe this could be the year the team returns to the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship in Danville, Ill. The Knights play one of the strongest junior college schedules in the country and will rely on returning players for leadership, including sophomores Michael DeJesus (Cranston, RI), Jordan Grant (New London, CT), Joshua Mann (Detroit, MI) and second-year freshman Jalen Robinson (Queens, NY). Coach Harris believes the quickness, strength and athleticism of these players will create difficult match-ups for Division II and III opponents and allow the Knights to be competitive against the upper tier teams. Ten freshmen have joined the squad this season. Leading the parade of newcomers is Edvaldo Ferreira (Praia Da Gamboa, Cape Verde), a 6-foot 4-inch talented athlete who draws comparisons to former Knight and two-time All-American Desmond Williams. Joining him on the wing and at the guard positions are Charlie Brown (Riverside, RI), Chris Gaines (Covert, MI), Pablo Perez (Providence, RI), point guards Jessy Taveras (Cranston, RI) and Joe Santiago Lopez (Willimantic, CT) as well as perimeter sharpshooters Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI), a 2015 Providence Journal First Team All-Stater and Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia). In the frontcourt the Knights will get defense, rebounding and post scoring from Justin Moreino (Newport, RI) who joins Grant, Mann and Ferreira inside. “The team will be quick, strong and talented,” said head coach Rick Harris. “They will be a team that uses all ninety-four feet of hardwood to play pressure defense and run on a nightly basis.” Coach Harris and his staff believe that with this collection of talent, all the pieces are in place for a successful season. “Personal agendas have to be put aside and the goal of becoming a team that works as one and seeks team glory over individual glory must become a common theme,” he said. “The staff will provide the team with every opportunity to improve daily and reach their full potential.”

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Last Updated: 9/30/16