December 4, 2013
Houston Rockets, NBA D-League, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Troy Daniels 3-pointers, Troy Daniels.
Troy Daniels, no longer a Bobcat, but for their sake, they should continue to keep tabs on him.
The word “Hidalgo” in Spanish is a term of nobility, although in later years it has been adopted somewhat informally. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League play in Hidalgo, Texas, which is, almost quite literally, a 3-pointer away from the Mexican border.
Former Ram Troy Daniels’ career with the Vipers, the D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, is just five games old, but he’s already playing in a way that should merit some type of designation of nobility, or at least a gift certificate to El Torito over on Jackson St. If we elect for the former, we’d have something like, Hidalgo de la Canasta de Tres Puntos (forgive my butchered Spanish).
In five games, Daniels, a walking NBA Jam trope during his final two seasons at VCU, is averaging 25.0 points and shooting 53 percent (33-of-62) from 3-point range. Yes, in five games, Daniels – who once hit 11 triples in a game at East Tennessee State in college – has hit 33 treys. Last night, in a 153(yes, 153)-109 win over Delaware, Daniels hit 6-of-10 threes in 21 minutes. The night before, he bombed 7-of-12 from beyond the arc in just 24 minutes. Daniels hit six of those threes in one nine-minute stretch.
October 22, 2013
Darius Theus, Darius Theus Dunk, Eric Maynor, Joey Rodriguez, Troy Daniels.
Hey, remember during Eric Maynor’s senior year, when he got a steal and actually dunked a ball against Hofstra? I bet you were wondering if he could actually do it up until that point. Evidence below:
How about last season against George Washington, when Troy Daniels got a steal and a sort of (lefty, no less!) dunk? You never saw it coming. Feel free to watch (3:12 of the video below):
As entertaining as those dunks were, you’d probably trade them in to see Darius Theus dunk in a game, right? Well, here you go. Thanks to Scott Day for unearthing this gem from Holland, where Theus is playing professionally. Check out the look at the end. My man is getting his money’s worth out of the moment.
Torey Burston is officially on the dunk clock.
EDIT: I felt compelled to include this photo, since this probably as close as Joey Rodriguez ever got to actually dunking in a college game. Toby Veal with the big assist.
October 18, 2013
Houston Rockets, NBA, Troy Daniels.
Troy Daniels is still shooting for the NBA. The former VCU 3-point gunner signed with the Houston Rockets today, the team announced.
It’ll be interesting to see if Troy sticks with Houston. With the Daniels signing, the Rockets are now carrying 18 players on their roster, and according to HoopRumors’ Luke Adams, 13 are inked to guaranteed deals. Several Houston writers and bloggers have already speculated this move was made with the D-League in mind, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. Daniels would have the opportunity to get playing time and develop with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Weiner has more insight on his Twitter timeline, if you’re so inclined. Hopefully, Daniels will get some preseason burn with Houston. The Rockets’ next two preseason games – Oct. 21 vs. Dallas and Oct. 24 vs. San Antonio, will be televised by NBATV and TNT, respectively. In the meantime, here’s a gif of Daniels’ NBA meal ticket.
October 2, 2013
Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats, Gerald Henderson, Mark Price, NBA, Steve Clifford, Troy Daniels.
Troy Daniels averaged 12.3 points per game and shot .403 (124-of-308) from 3-point range for VCU last season. He’s in training camp this fall with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Unless you’ve been maintaining radio silence since the end of last season, you know that Troy Daniels is in training camp with the Charlotte Bobcats this week. Like most undrafted free agents, Daniels will face an uphill battle in order to actually grab a roster spot. VCU fans justifiably want to know what kind of shot Daniels has of making the team. Let’s have a look.
Factor No. 1: Roster space.
NBA rosters consist of 13 active players, plus two inactive spots. The Bobcats currently have five guards – Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Ramon Sessions, Jannero Pargo and Ben Gordon – signed to guaranteed contracts.
While Charlotte could certainly choose to carry three shooting guards, don’t expect them to drop a point guard to free up the space, according to Bobcats’ beat writer Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
October 1, 2013
Baseball, Field Hockey, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, VCU Athletics, Volleyball
Charlotte Bobcats, Cincinnati Reds, Eric Maynor, John Daly, Larry Sanders, Mark Berman, Milwaukee Bucks, MLB, NBA, Roanoke Times, Sean Marshall, Troy Daniels., Washington Wizards
Happy Shak-tober, VCU fans. This month is good for many things, among them (in no particular order): foliage, NBA training camps, candy corn, postseason baseball, marzen, candy corn, Atlantic 10 Conference races and, finally, candy corn. How does VCU Athletics fit into all of this? I’m glad you asked, even if you didn’t.
RAMS IN CAMP
NBA training camps are underway, which means three former Rams are in action, each with a different task in front of them.
Troy Daniels is in Asheville, N.C. with the Charlotte “soon to be Hornets” Bobcats. Troy earned a camp invite after playing on the Bobcats’ summer league squad in Las Vegas. Now would be a good time to remind Michael Jordan that Charlotte was 27th in the NBA in 3-point shooting last year, and Troy Daniels (feel free to use the Around The Horns-approved #TreyD3 hashtag) hits threes in his sleep. If he was a dinosaur, Daniels would be a triceratops. If he was a TV station, he’d be ESPN3. If he was a stadium, he’d be Three Rivers.
Trust us, Daniels was born for this. We recently slowed down some film of Daniels shooting at training camp and captured his expression right at the moment he’s about to catch and shoot. Check it out:
Three, coming right up.
July 25, 2013
Bill Brown, Darius Theus, Global Sports Academy, Jarred Guest, Rob Brandenberg, Shaka Smart, Troy Daniels.
Rising senior Rob Brandenberg averaged 10.4 points per game and sank 49 three-pointers last season.
RICHMOND, Va. – The passports of Rob Brandenberg and Jarred Guest will pick up a couple more stamps this summer, but they hope that’s not all they bring home with them.
The VCU duo is set to participate in a nine-day exhibition tour of Germany and the Czech Republic Aug. 11-19 with the Global Sports Academy (GSA). The team will be coached by Bill Brown of California (Pa.), a mentor of VCU’s Shaka Smart. For Brandenberg and Guest, it’ll be their second straight summer abroad. Both players were members of the Rams’ exhibition tour of Italy last August.
While there will be plenty of sights along the way, Brandenberg and Guest won’t exactly be singing “Holiday Road”. They say their primary focus is the same as every offseason, to become better players.
“Jarred and I have been working real hard, extremely hard for the season, so I think it’s going to be a chance for us to assert ourselves and show what we’ve been practicing and work on it in game form,” Brandenberg said.
Each player will have his own goals, his own checklist things to work on during the tour. For Brandenberg, who started 28 of 35 games last year and averaged 10.4 points, it means a focus on the intangibles. A rising senior, he’s aware that his teammates will look to him during the 2013-14 season for more than just his blazing speed or scoring punch.
July 22, 2013
Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Bobcats Summer League Statistics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Jamie Skeen, Kent Bazemore, Las Vegas NBA Summer League, NBA, Troy Daniels.
Former Ram Jamie Skeen scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over the D-League select team Saturday.
The NBA Summer League finished up for Troy Daniels, Jamie Skeen and the Charlotte Bobcats last night in a 75-67 loss to the Golden State Warriors (and ODU alum Kent Bazemore) in a semifinal matchup. After neither Daniels or Skeen played much (or not at all) in the Bobcats first three games in Las Vegas, both former Rams got plenty of run in the final three. After posting a double-double Saturday, Skeen wasn’t able to knock down shots last night. Daniels fared better, scoring 13 points while knocking down 3-of-5 from three.
It’s hard to say if either showed enough to merit an invitation to training camp, but even if Charlotte declines, another team could step in. Both Daniels and Skeen had their moments; Daniels not only hit 42 percent of his threes in Vegas, but he even put the ball on the floor and got the the rim a couple of times. However, his 6-of-24 shooting from 2-point range could be a problem. Skeen, meanwhile, looked lighter and eager to shoot the three, but also rebounded the ball pretty well. If Skeen, whose biggest problem as it relates to the NBA is that he’s always been a bit of a power forward in a small forward’s body, was hoping to show teams he can play the three, I think he made a decent case.
July 12, 2013
Jamie Skeen, Las Vegas NBA Summer League, Sharknado, Troy Daniels.
Happy Friday, folks. Let this be a reminder that when the sharks are bearing down on you from out of the sky, keep your chin up and grab a chainsaw.
I know a couple of guys who live by this mantra, Troy Daniels and Jamie Skeen. Each man has overcome a few bumps in the road to keep chasing their NBA dream. Daniels barely played his first two seasons at VCU, and just as he was starting to earn playing time, broke his foot. He recovered to record the two most prolific 3-point shooting seasons in VCU history. Skeen, meanwhile, lost his first college coach, Skip Prosser, to a heart attack, then transferred to VCU. He wasn’t immediately a star, but by the end of his senior year, he had led the Rams to the Final Four. This past year, while playing in Israel, he endured rocket fire and had to evacuate his apartment as violence flared up in the the region.
Tonight, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas begins at UNLV. Both Skeen and Daniels will play for the Charlotte Bobcats team that will take on San Antonio at 10 p.m. EST (NBA TV). Each will be trying to convince the organization (or others), that they deserve a spot in training camp this fall.
So remember, when life gives you flying sharks, you make shark steaks.
Charlotte Bobcats – NBA Summer League Schedule
Friday, July 12:
Charlotte vs. San Antonio, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Sunday, July 14:
Charlotte vs. Dallas, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
Monday, July 15:
Charlotte vs. New York, 4 p.m. (NBA TV)
Teams seeded into a double-elimination tournament format.
June 28, 2013
2013 NBA Draft, 2013 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Charlotte Bobcats, NBA, Troy Daniels.
Troy Daniels, who hit 218 three-pointers the last two seasons, will play for the Charlotte Bobcats in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.
RICHMOND, Va. – Troy Daniels shuffled onto campus Friday a man at ease. Wearing a white t-shirt, basketball shorts and sandals, the former VCU sharpshooter met with reporters to discuss his NBA future, a future which will run through Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C. He appeared relaxed, and for good reason.
Daniels revealed Thursday night he’d signed a free agent deal with the Charlotte Bobcats. The Roanoke, Va. native will play for the Bobcats’ summer league squad in Las Vegas July 12-22. If Daniels performs well in Vegas, he can earn a training camp slot with the Bobcats. Daniels said his deal with Charlotte does allow for the possibility to play for another franchise in the Orlando Summer League July 7-12.
Thursday’s topsy-turvy NBA Draft was full of surprises, from the Cavaliers’ selection of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall to David Stern’s mischievous crowd prodding. But Daniels’ evening was much predictable. While he held out hope that he’d be drafted, Daniels knew he could fall back on a standing agreement his agent had struck with Charlotte recently if he wasn’t.
In the days leading up to the draft, Daniels was confident a team would give him a shot, one way or another.
“I knew I would get my opportunity, I made the best of my first and second opportunities, and it just carried its weight over to these opportunities,” Daniels said. “Maybe a lot of people are surprised that I’m in the summer leagues and teams are really interested in me, but not me.”
Daniels, who averaged 12.3 points per game and hit a school-record 124 three-pointers this year, participated in workouts with a number of NBA teams in recent weeks, Houston, Indiana and Boston among them. He did not work out for Charlotte individually. Daniels was involved, however, in a predraft workout at Barclays Center that was said to include representatives of all 30 NBA franchises.
“My agent said they really, really liked me,” Daniels said. “They just didn’t have a second round pick, so that’s probably why it didn’t work out for them.”
June 26, 2013
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Adam Ball, Atlantic 10 Conference, Brandon Ruffin, Briante Weber, Cindy Chala, Courtney Conrad, Havoc, Hayley Moorwood, Heath Dwyer, Jaleesa Williams, Jason Johnson, Jessica Pellechio, Jessica Williams, Joey Cujas, Kelsey Scherrer, Kiara Porter, Marlene Stollings, Matt Ball, Matt Ball Jr., Matt Lees, Max Wennakoski, Paul Kostin, Quanitra Hollingsworth, Robyn Parks, Ryan Farrar, Shaka Smart, Troy Daniels., Yoram Mwila
Wrong A-B-C…whatever, close enough.
June marks the conclusion of the college athletics calendar, and July’s arrival effectively signals the beginning of the 2013-14 season, at least for those of us in the biz, anyway. It all makes this week a good time to reflect back on the year that was in VCU Athletics.
A – is for Atlantic 10 Conference, in which, according to our slogan, the Rams were ‘all-in’. We were also all-in for another season of “Arrested Development” and Pop Tart ice cream sandwiches, so we’re having a good year. VCU competed in the A-10 for the first time in 2012-13, a move that has elevated the program’s national profile. The Rams’ first A-10 title came via the women’s tennis squad, followed by a men’s tennis crown days later. Meanwhile, several other sports (men’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer) reached the league’s championship final.
B – is for the Ball family, one of the driving forces behind the VCU Golf program. They’re like the Kennedy’s of VCU Golf, but with a better short game. Matt Ball may have just completed his 14th season with the Rams, but this one was surely different than the others. That’s because 40 percent of his starting lineup was occupied by sons Adam and Matt Jr. Son Adam, a freshman, led the Rams in scoring average (73.53) this year, while Matt Jr., a junior, placed seventh at the A-10 Championship and was named to the league’s All-Academic Team.
C – is for Courtney Conrad, the alliteratively named star of the women’s soccer team. Conrad led the Rams with 11 goals, including five game-winners, and received All-Mid-Atlantic by the NSCAA.
D – is for Daniels, Troy. If you are a fan of basketball players who score three points at a time (and the signed, obscure Mark Price picture in my dining room proves I am), then you would’ve enjoyed Daniels’ 2012-13 season. In 36 games, Daniels bombed a school-record 124 three-pointers, including games of 11, nine and eight.