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NCAA Basketball: VCU at Florida State

Former Oral Roberts standout Korey Billbury averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for VCU in his lone season as a Ram.

Korey Billbury’s time as a VCU Ram was short, but it was certainly memorable. The fifth-year senior transfer from Oral Roberts was a critical piece of VCU’s 25-win, Atlantic 10 Co-Championship team. Billbury, who averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Rams, capped his senior campaign with an NCAA win over Oregon State in Oklahoma City, a short ride from his hometown of Tulsa. With his collegiate career behind him, Billbury is looking ahead to his professional basketball career. Our Mike Voyack caught up with him recently.

JOHNSON LOOKS AHEAD TO PRO CAREER

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Melvin Johnson bolstered his pro prospects in 2015-16 by averaging 17.4 points, while knocking down 110 three-pointers for the Rams.

Melvin Johnson has enjoyed a busy summer, logging workouts with nearly a dozen NBA teams. Although Johnson, VCU’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals, isn’t guaranteed to receive a phone call on draft night, an NBA Summer League stint, the professional entry point for a number of former Rams, seems highly likely. He took a break from working summer camps to sit down with us.

CAN THESE RAMS DANCE?

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Viral video time. This one comes via VCU University Relations, but there’s plenty of Athletics cameos in here, from Mo Alie-Cox, to Baseball Coach Shawn Stiffler to Pavarotti. Justin Timberlake has created a monster. Expect more of these.

RAMS SWEEP SAINT LOUIS

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Big sweep for VCU Baseball this weekend. Huge. The Rams swept three games from Saint Louis, who had been nipping on VCU’s heels in the A-10 standings. With the sweep, the Rams are locked in a two-team race for the league regular season title with Rhode Island. It’ll be a fun final couple weeks of the regular season.

VIDEO: WADE WINS COACHES COOK OFF

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You may have heard, but last week Will Wade won the Positive Vibe Cafe Coaches Cook Off last week. That’s because he went with steak, and steak always wins…unless it’s up against bacon, and then bacon always wins, but I digress.

But the real winner here is Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe, which helps adults with disabilities find employment. We’re glad Will and VCU could be a part of something like this.

VIDEO: CATCHING UP WITH TROY DANIELS

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Hi Troy!

VCU IS UP – IN ARMS – AGAIN

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Junior college transfer Brooks Vial is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA . He is one of a number of newcomers who have bolstered VCU’s reworked pitching staff this season.

A year ago Sean Thompson was “the kid” on VCU’s staff, a freshman with a live arm who was trying to keep pace with a host of seniors. But that was last year. Today, he owns more Division I experience than any pitcher on VCU’s roster.

Thompson, who started and earned the victory in VCU’s historic regional championship game against Dallas Baptist last season, has taken his newfound veteran status in stride. In the meantime, the new guys, the players Thompson is being asked to lead, haven’t missed a beat.

Although there was no piece of equipment more valuable to the VCU pitching staff this fall than nametags, the Rams have the look of a team primed to defend their Atlantic 10 title and make a run toward a second straight NCAA appearance in large part due to their work on the mound. VCU is 19-10 this season and defeated defending National Champion Virginia on April 5. Despite shaky early performances, the Rams have carved out a 4.45 team ERA. In six A-10 games, VCU’s ERA is 2.21.

Despite some early concern, Thompson, who added 30 pounds to his frame in the offseason in order to shoulder an increased workload this year, says he could see potential in VCU’s new pitching staff during fall ball.

“I felt like in the fall I saw a lot of things people could do well. It just takes a good mindset and preparation to get people out at this level,” he said. We recruited them here because they had the ability, now it’s just harnessing that at this level.”

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BASEBALL TAKES DOWN DEFENDING CHAMPS

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VCU Baseball scored a nice win Tuesday before more than 3,000 at The Diamond. The Rams topped defending National Champion Virginia 7-5 behind a Darian Carpenter 3-run homer and five strong innings from Jonathan Ebersole. Have a look at some of the sights and sounds from the win. The Rams are now 19-10.

WADE TALKS EXTENSION, J-ROD REVISITS FINAL FOUR

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Will Wade agreed to a new eight-year contract this week. He met with the media Wednesday to talk about it and the future at VCU.

Meanwhile, Joey Rodriguez, who wasn’t in Houston when he recorded this interview, but will be in Houston this weekend anyway, was on with Wes McElroy this morning to discuss VCU’s Final Four run in 2011 (The video doesn’t seem to want to embed, but click the link to hear the interview).

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VIDEO: RAMS KEEP HOME IN ORDER WITH SWEEP

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VCU Baseball is rolling right now. The Rams have won four in a row and 10 of their last 12. VCU earned a sweep of St. Bonaventure this weekend at the Diamond and will now turn its attention to this week’s home-and-home series with Maryland, as well as a three-game set with Dayton this weekend.

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