Point guard position even thinner after Tyler Maye’s transfer from VCU

VCU basketball’s point guard depth took a hit this week when freshman Tyler Maye announced his decision to transfer from the program. Maye was a seldom used backup for Mike Rhoades, and averaged only 7.4 minutes per game in his 32 appearances. Maye averaged 1.4 points per game and his best outing as a Ram came in a seven-point effort against California in the Maui Invitational in...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Tillman’s legacy at VCU

Pending a run in the College Basketball Invitational, the VCU Rams season is over. This also means senior Justin Tillman has played his final game for the VCU. Tillman’s 23-point, 15-rebound in the A-10 quarterfinals against Rhode Island was indicative of the grit, character and effort that came to define his four-year career in Richmond. The senior finishes his career third in rebounds...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU program has solid foundation to build on

For the first time in over five years, the VCU basketball program has stability at the end of the season. Despite finishing the season without qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2011, the Rams have a greater sense of the future than any of those years combined. While VCU qualified for NCAA Tournament after NCAA Tournament, there were always lingering rumors...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five games that defined the VCU Basketball season

A convincing win against Fordham closed out a somewhat disappointing regular season for the VCU Rams. The victory in New York improved the Rams overall record to 17-14 and by virtue of other results on the final day of the regular season, gave VCU the fifth seed in this week’s A-10 Tournament. VCU has had an up-and-down 2017-18 season under first year head coach Mike Rhoades and...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Underclassmen regressing for VCU basketball

After the Maui Invitational Tournament in November, hopes were high for the VCU basketball team. While the team posted a 1-2 record in Hawaii, the team’s youngsters had shown flashes of potential and the young team looked like it could contend in the Atlantic 10 conference. Malik Crowfield posted a career-high 17 points against Marquette, De’Riante Jenkins scored 27 in a victory...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Making the case for Justin Tillman as A-10 Player of the Year

It is extremely rare for any college basketball league’s top individual honor, Player of the Year, to be awarded to a player on a team outside the top four in the league. However, Justin Tillman for VCU represents an interesting case for the award and may be the exception to the rule. The pre-season First Team all-league selection has backed up the hype and has been one of the few...
February 18, 2018  |  Discuss

Same problems creeping up for VCU Basketball

A diagnosis of the VCU basketball team would find the program is suffering from a strikingly similar problem this season as one season ago: three-point shooting. A healthy De’Riante Jenkins, extended minutes for Malik Crowfield and an eligible Issac Vann promised to give the Rams a three-point dynamic they lacked in 2016-17. In the early season, this seemed to be the case with Jenkins...
February 04, 2018  |  Discuss

Sean Mobley’s emergence a positive sign for VCU Basketball

Look at Sean Mobley’s line in any of the past five VCU basketball games and his numbers don’t jump off the page. He hasn’t logged more than 25 minutes or five points in any of the outings, but his performances, particularly Saturday against George Washington, has been one the positives over the month of January. Mobley logged minimal minutes in the nonconference schedule, only once...
January 21, 2018  |  Discuss

VCU basketball struggles compound in rivalry loss

After a promising start to conference play, the VCU Rams basketball season is unravelling quickly. A 15 point loss at home to bitter rival Richmond leaves VCU at 3-3 in the conference on a two-game losing streak. VCU seemed to have turned the corner after coming from behind to defeat Duquesne at home, but have lost its way in its last two outings. The defeats, on the road to Dayton...
January 18, 2018  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball rebounds, rallies for important road victory

Six minutes into its game against La Salle Saturday afternoon, things looked dire for the VCU basketball team. On the heels of its deflating road overtime loss to Saint Joseph’s earlier in the week, the Rams trailed the Explorers 15-0 and had already turned the ball over nine times. A week that promised to reveal how the Rams’ season would unfolded seemed to be showing that VCU was...
January 06, 2018  |  Discuss

Healthy roster bodes well for VCU basketball

The VCU basketball picked up a win against Fordham to open Atlantic 10 play and was finally able to use its full complement of players. Malik Crowfield returned to the starting lineup and Issac Vann played for the first time since re-aggravating his ankle injury earlier in December against Texas. Crowfield played the Rams’ final three games of non-conference play but failed to reach...
December 31, 2017  |  Discuss

Malik Crowfield’s return bodes well for VCU Basketball

VCU basketball returned to winning ways with an 85-79 victory over Bucknell Saturday night. This was a welcome sight for the Rams, who had lost its previous two against Power 5 Conference opposition, Texas and Seton Hall. Almost as welcome a sight for VCU was the return of sophomore guard Malik Crowfield. Crowfield poured in 12 points in 29 minutes, making three three-point attempts...
December 17, 2017  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball’s lack of marquee wins may come back to haunt them

Before the 2017-18 college basketball season, even the most optimistic VCU fan would have admitted the chances of the program extending its streak of NCAA tournament appearances were slim. While Will Wade was able to recover from a lost recruiting class and lead the team to two straight tournament appearances in his first two seasons, the cards seemed stacked against Mike Rhoades...
December 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Watch: Shaka Smart receives ovation in return to VCU

Shaka Smart received a warm welcome when he returned to the place that helped make him one of the more popular coaches in college basketball.From 2009 through 2015, Smart was the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Virginia Commonwealth University. While there, he led the Rams to a 163-56 record and five trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Final Four in 2011...
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December 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Highs and lows from the Maui Basketball Tournament for VCU Basketball

The VCU basketball team arrived home from the Maui Jim Maui Invitational over the weekend and has and has two games at home before welcoming Texas and former head coach Shaka Smart to the Siegel Center on Dec. 5. While the Rams walk away from Maui with two losses in three games, there were plenty of positives for head coach Mike Rhoades. The Rams played the final two games, against...
November 26, 2017  |  Discuss

What can be discerned from VCU Basketball’s opening night victory

While VCU’s 94-65 blowout victory against Grambling on Friday evening offered fans a chance to see Mike Rhoades’ Rams in action for the first time, the game can offer little insight on the type of team Rhoades has this year. The result was the expected one and the one-sided nature of the bout allowed many players who may not see significant minutes during the meat of the schedule...
November 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Must-watch games of the 2017-18 college basketball season

The much-anticipated 2017-18 college basketball season starts Nov. 10 with plenty of intriguing games before and during conference play. In fact, the NCAA schedulers wasted no time giving fans some games expected to be good ones, but it's not just a front-heavy slate.Here's a rundown of some of the must-watch games of the year.
November 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Best freshmen entering the 2017-18 college basketball season

As we enter another college basketball season, this year's freshman draft class is shaping up to be a very strong one. There newcomers on familiar basketball powers, along with several players who could be one-and-done in college.The following features 20 of this year's top freshmen.
November 06, 2017  |  Discuss

What to expect from VCU Basketball in 2017-18

The college basketball season is almost upon us. The VCU basketball team has completed its exhibition schedule and is less than seven days away from opening its 2017-18 season against Grambling at the Siegel Center Nov. 10. The Rams will feature new faces up and down its bench, from new head coach Mike Rhoades and his staff to transfer Issac Vann and freshman Sean Mobley. The Rams...
November 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Samir Doughty transfer announcement dampens optimism for VCU Basketball

When former VCU basketball head coach Will Wade left the program for the LSU job this spring, disappointment in Richmond was quickly replaced by excitement when it was announced former Ram assistant Mike Rhoades be the next VCU head coach. The excitement around the program mounted with the announcement of hire profile transfer point guard Marcus Evans from Rice and several graduate...
June 01, 2017  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball makes another off-season addition to its roster

The VCU basketball team added another piece to their 2017 roster. The addition will provide depth and addresses a need left by graduating point guard JeQuan Lewis’ departure. Tyler Maye, a 6-1 point guard from Farmville, North Carolina, committed to the Rams Wednesday. Maye offers another option for point guard with the ability to score the basketball. Maye averaged 36 points per...
May 10, 2017  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball has a busy offseason ahead

ESPN Top 100 recruit Mayan Kiir, like Lavar Batts, Jr., de-committed from VCU last week, and fifth-year senior Ahmed Hamdy asked out of his scholarship to exploring playing options as a graduate transfer. These two decisions leave the Rams dangerously thin in the front court. Including incoming recruits Sean Mobley and Marcos Santos-Silva, the Rams have only three players over 6...
April 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Lavar Batts backs out of commitment – what this means for VCU Basketball

The honeymoon period for VCU basketball after the hire of head coach Mike Rhoades is over now. The flow of good news during his first two weeks on the jobs, from alumni endorsements, confirmed commitments from recruits and the return of a VCU icon to the coaching staff, has been combated by the first bit of bad news. Lavar Batts, a point guard from Concord, North Carolina and the...
April 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Brey, Shaka Smart turned down Georgetown advances

You certainly can’t accuse the Georgetown Hoyas of failing to cast a wide net in their search for a new head coach.According to a report by Gary Parrish of CBS Sports on Tuesday, Mike Brey of Notre Dame and Shaka Smart of Texas both turned down advances from the Hoyas, who fired longtime head coach John Thompson III last week.Brey is a native of nearby Bethesda, Maryland and graduated...
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March 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Reflections on VCU Basketball’s 2016-17 season

After a long weekend to mull over their opening round loss to the Saint Mary’s Gaels, it seems an appropriate time to evaluate the VCU Rams’ 2016-17 season. The Rams entered the 2016-17 season with questions about who would fill the scoring void left by departing seniors Melvin Johnson (17.4 ppg) and Koery Billbury (11.2 ppg). JeQuan Lewis and Mo Alie-Cox both averaged double-figures...
March 20, 2017  |  Discuss
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