RICHMOND, Va. – There were eight NBA scouts at the Verizon Wireless Arena Tuesday night. Although their stated purpose was likely to see UAB forward Cameron Moore, by halftime Juvonte Reddic and the Rams had people wondering, “Who was the pro prospect again?”
Reddic, VCU’s 6-foot-9 sophomore forward, torched Moore and the Blazers in the first half and played ringleader of the Rams’ stable of outstanding youngsters in VCU’s 68-49 rout before more than 7,600.
It was underclassmen leading the way from the outset. Reddic finished with 16 points, while freshman Treveon Graham pumped in a game-high 18 and classmate Briante Weber added a multifaceted performance for the Rams, winners of five straight. Yeah, these kids are alright.
They were supposed to be too young to be this good. The Rams were one of the most inexperienced teams in the country prior to the season, considering the 10 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. Don’t tell them that. For the last three weeks, Weber, Reddic, sophomore Rob Brandenberg and Graham, not to mention an occasional bright spot from guys like sophomore D.J. Haley and or rookie Teddy Okereafor, has helped spur the white-hot Rams (8-3).
“They’re very good,” said senior Bradford Burgess said of VCU’s underclassmen. “The coaching staff, they know how to recruit. Those guys, their learning curve had to be increased because of what we lost and they’ve handled it greatly. Tre, Juvonte, Briante, it’s incredible how these guys have played at an early stage and they haven’t hit their ceiling yet. ”