Kuran Iverson, former four-star recruit and No. 33 ranked prospect in the country according to ESPN, has transferred to the University of Rhode Island and will be eligible after the fall semester next season.

Iverson, cousin of former NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson, announced his transfer from the University of Memphis earlier in January after violating team rules.  Sources from ESPN believed Iverson was kicked out of the program after facing suspension.

“Kuran is a talented, versatile, athletic player that fits our program’s style of play,” men’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley told GoRhody.com.  “We are excited about his desire to be a part of our hard-working culture at Rhode Island and get his career back on track as a high-level, top-rated recruit coming out of high school.”

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward will receive two and a half years of eligibility.  He will practice with Rhode Island through the remainder of the year.

“[Rhode Island] needed a piece to take them to that next level,” ESPN insider Jeff Borzello said. “I think Iverson, if he focuses, can be that piece.  He’s a difference-maker.”

Iverson was at Memphis for just a year and a half.  This year he averaged 4.6 points in eight games, while only playing about 12 minutes a game and last year he averaged 2.5 points in 19 games played.

“I think during this year off, he’s really going to focus, get his body in shape,” Borzello said.  “If [Rhode Island] can get him on the court, buying in for a year and a half, two and a half years, he’s going to be the difference-maker they need.”

The New England native averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists for Fishburne Military School in Virginia his senior year, leading the team to a 27-7 record and a National Prep Championship quarterfinal appearance.