The University of Richmond completed its basketball roster Monday by receiving a commitment from 6-foot-5 Noah Yates, who played the past two seasons at Yale and will join the Spiders’ program as a graduate transfer.
He is expected to have two seasons of eligibility remaining, once his uncommon background is examined by the NCAA.
Yates spent four years at Yale and graduated. College graduates are prohibited from playing at Ivy League schools. Yates, who’s from Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., was recruited to play football at Yale. Yates, a tight end, spent one season on the school’s JV football team and early the next season suffered a serious elbow injury. That injury influenced Yates’ decision to stop playing football and start playing basketball.
As a junior in 2016-17, Yates played in 10 games for Yale basketball. He emerged as a regular rotation member last season, averaging 17 minutes and 5.4 points. Yates converted 38 percent of his 3-point attempts. Eighty-nine of his 120 field goal attempts came from 3-point distance.
Yates became the sixth incoming player for the Spiders this season, the second incoming transfer. Blake Francis, a 6-0 guard, switched from Wagner to UR in April. He will sit out this season, per NCAA rules, and have two seasons as a Spider.
Richmond’s freshmen this season are 6-9 Matt Grace, 6-4 Jake Wojcik, 6-8 Souleymane Koureissi, and 6-4 Andre Gustavson.
When Yates signs, he will be the 13th Spider on scholarship, and 13 is the NCAA Division I maximum. Of those 13, five have played for Richmond in a game: 6-10 Grant Golden, 6-4 Nick Sherod, 5-9 Jacob Gilyard, 6-7 Nathan Cayo, and 6-3 Julius Johnson.