TORONTO,ON–Three years of university at Northeastern with experience as a student-athlete, and a degree later, Alwayne Bigby is transferring to Rhode Island.

The former Eastern Commerce star obtained a degree in criminal justice during his time at Northeastern, and will play immediately at Rhode Island with two years of eligibility left. Bigby carried a heavy course load throughout the season while also taking courses in the summer to fast-track and complete his degree.

With the Huskies, Bigby was a starter and averaged 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.

Alwayne Bigby

Alwayne Bigby transfers from Northeastern to Rhode Island

The 6’5 wing sees an opportunity to play a bigger role for Dan Hurley and the Rhode Island Rams, “My role will depend on how hard I work…a lot of new recruits are coming in but ¬†believe I will have an impact on the team defensively and offensively.”

With several transfer recruits coming into Rhode Island and sitting out a year, the opportunity looks even greater.

“They believe in my talents, they see things a lot of other coaches don’t see,” Bigby explained, referring to the relationship he has built with the coaching staff.

Maine, Oklahoma State, Gannon, and Mercyhurst were the other schools wanting Bigby’s services.

An important piece to Bigby joining the Rams was former high school teammate Tyler Murray, who Hurley coached at Wagner, prior to getting the job at Rhode Island. Hurley has also coached Canadians Tristan Thompson and Myck Kabongo during his time at St Benedict’s Prep.

“I spoke to Tyler [Murray] three days before my visit..he really helped me out,” said Bigby.

Not only will Bigby complete his NCAA career at URI, but also earn his Masters in Education.

“Getting my education was important to me, I stressed that on my visit. I need something to fall back on…you can’t play basketball forever.”

However, he will play for two more years at the NCAA level, one hour way from the campus he was on last year.

Tariq Sbiet

Written by Tariq Sbiet

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4 thoughts on “Alwayne Bigby Obtains Degree, Transfers to Rhode Island

  1. Wow, this is a great piece THANKS a lot for writing this story on me this is greatly appreciated.

  2. John says:

    RIU? Really? 

    Good to see URI add another body to the roster. Let’s hope for some solid production on the court, and it’s always good to see off-the-court, in-the-classroom success as well. Good for Bigby – welcome to the program.

  3. Wendy J Shores says:

    Murderer! I hope you and your buddies burn in hell for shooting that beautiful girl. She was 33 years old and a mother to 4 wonderful kids. How could you be so stupid as to ruin YOUR life like that too? smh… I cant wrap my head around it. She was one of the best people you could ever meet and you shoot her because she SAID something mean to your girlfriend or your friends girlfriend? I dont know about you kids anymore. Seems like a gun is the answer to everything now a days. Cant nobody just talk it out anymore? Give a person a chance to apologize?
    http://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/police-arrest-two-men-in-connection-with-malvern-homicide-1.1773747

  4. Anthony Ottley says:

    WENDY J Shores

    Firstly do you believe in God? Why wish hell on someone? The real story is I have nop crime record and Alwayne I know personally and his family. They are good people. He had a bad friend who put him in a situation. I know it was his car and so he ultimately is involved but follow a story through people who actually know not by what media out take gives you. You are just as terrible wishing people damned too hell. Condulence too the family but be careful and actually stop judging let life judge him. We didnt see what happened so don’t talk like you did.

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