In case you missed it, Treveon Graham is going to be playing for the United States at the World University Games July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Only 12 players in the country can say that. It’s a big deal. The last Ram wear USA Basketball red, white and blue was Eric Maynor, who did so in 2007 at the Pan Am Games, after “The Dagger” and before his junior season. Graham will be the youngest player on this year’s squad.

VCU rising junior Treveon Graham, bottom right, wearing jersey No. 10.

VCU rising junior Treveon Graham, bottom right, wearing jersey No. 10.

Meanwhile, VCU Coach Shaka Smart has been serving as an assistant for the USA Basketball U19 squad in Prague.

More on that HERE.

ALUMNI NEWS
The NBA free agency period began Monday at midnight. It sounds like Eric Maynor will be looking for a new team.

But don’t worry, he should have suitors.

Edit, more Maynor:

Meanwhile, former VCU Baseball standout Ian Thomas continues to pitch well in the Atlanta Braves system.

Thomas currently pitches for the AA Mississippi Braves, where he is 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 44 innings. The Braves recently moved Thomas from the bullpen to the starting rotation, where he has posted a 3.86 ERA in two assignments.

In other former VCU left-handed pitcher news:

It’s been a busy month for Rams in international play. Former VCU great Quanitra Hollingsworth just completed her second stint with the Turkish national team.

I’m a little late on this, but former VCU soccer star Dominic Oduro – who apparently has a pretty serious Papa John’s addiction – recently shared the wealth.

REALIGNMENT GOODIES
Today marks the official one-year anniversary of VCU’s move to the Atlantic 10. One year to the day, George Mason joined VCU in the conference.

In that vein, in case you have no idea who is in what conference anymore.

FINALLY…
Happy Canada Day. Let’s pay tribute to one of our favorite VCU Canadians, Sherman Hamilton. A native of Malton, Ontario, Hamilton sank 153 three-pointers (10th all-time) and dished out 417 assists (8th all-time) for VCU from 1994-97. He later played on Canada’s 2000 Olympic team.

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FINALLY, FINALLY…
Sorry Jets fans. I couldn’t resist.