November 30, 2015
Men's Basketball, VCU Athletics
Melvin Johnson, Mo Alie-Cox
Not all of you get a chance to see these interviews that run on our pregame show on CBS 6.3, so I wanted to make sure you had an opportunity. I chatted with Melvin Johnson and Mo Alie-Cox last week briefly, where we discussed the ODU rivalry, Mo’s slimmer frame and Melvin’s love of playing in New York.
November 18, 2015
2K Classic, Duke Blue Devils, JeQuan Lewis, Will Wade
BONUS VIDEO – JEQUAN LEWIS INTERVIEW
November 17, 2015
Korey Billbury, Melvin Johnson, Radford Highlanders, Will Wade
Also, here’s an interview I did recently with Korey Billbury for the pregame show.
November 14, 2015
Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball
Men top Prairie View A&M
VCU Women Rout Coppin State
November 11, 2015
Praire View A&M Panthers, Will Wade
The 2015-16 season opener is on deck. The Rams host Prairie View A&M on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Here’s Will Wade discussing the match-up.
November 10, 2015
On this date in 2005, Quanitra Hollingsworth made her VCU debut in an exhibition win over Virginia Union. She was 16 years old.
On this date 10 years ago, 16-year-old Quanitra Hollingsworth – the nation’s youngest college basketball player – made her VCU debut, scoring 15 points while grabbing eight rebounds in an 82-50 exhibition win over Virginia Union.
Hollingsworth’s debut kicked off one of the one of the more transcendent careers in VCU history and jump-started the VCU Women’s Basketball program. Hollingsworth, who turned 17 just prior to the official 2005-06 season-opener, averaged 14.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Rams. She was named CAA Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-America by Women’s Basketball News Service.
A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Hollingsworth was a gifted student who skipped the fifth and sixth grades and graduated high school at 15. A 6-foot-4 center, Hollingsworth drew both interest and intrigue from college coaches. While her basketball skills were raw and age was a concern, Hollingsworth’s gifts were apparent. She was simply more athletic than nearly every post player she encountered. She enrolled at VCU at 15 and redshirted the 2004-05 season.
Hollingsworth’s VCU career culminated in the Rams’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 2008-09. She scored 1,604 points and grabbed 1,114 rebounds in four seasons and her jersey was retired prior to her final home game. Hollingsworth ranks third in school history in points, second in rebounds, third in blocked shots (162) and second in double-doubles (55). She was later selected No. 9 overall in the WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.
Prior to Hollingsworth’s arrival, VCU had reached the postseason just once in program history. Since she helped the Rams to a WNIT bid in 2007-08, VCU has received six postseason berths.
In the years since, Hollingsworth has enjoyed a successful professional career in Europe and the WNBA. In 2012, she played for Turkey in the Olympic games in London.
November 6, 2015
Cal (Pa.) Vulcans
WILL WADE POSTGAME
November 5, 2015
Jonathan Nwankwo, Will Wade
Center Jonathan Nwankwo was ranked the sixth-best player out of the state of New York in the class of 2015.
RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Coach Will Wade surprised everybody, including his sports information director, Thursday afternoon when he revealed freshman center Jonathan Nwankwo had been ruled eligible immediately by the NCAA for four years of competition.
Wade quickly pivoted.
“With that said, we’re going to redshirt him,” he declared.
Nwankwo, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound center from Nigeria by way of the Bronx, N.Y., originally signed with Minnesota and fielded offers from Tennessee, Seton Hall, Boston College and others. It was originally unclear when and for how many years Nwankwo would be eligible, due to the differences in the structure of school systems in Nigeria and the United States, as well as a year Nwankwo was out of school with his ailing mother. He moved to the United States four years ago.
Wade assured reporters that Nwankwo’s eligibility was never a question of academics, and says the freshman is a computer science major carrying a 3.5 grade point average.
The NCAA’s ruling settles a protracted compliance process that began months ago. Although Wade’s plan will be to sit and develop Nwankwo for a year, he’ll be allowed to practice with the team during that period.