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:
DAGGER IS IN D.C.
Eric Maynor, who signed a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards this offseason to be John Wall’s backup, is up at George Mason this week, where the artists formerly known as the Bullets are prepping. He recently gave this interview:
SANDERS IN MILWAUKEE
Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, Larry Sanders appeared to be doing well in the Bucks’ annual spelling bee.
MEANWHILE, ON CAMPUS…
Field Hockey takes on Longwood Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Cary Street Field, the mid-point of the Rams’ six-match homestand. There are multiple VCU-Longwood tie-ins. Rams’ assistant Lauren van de Kamp was a star as a player at Longwood. Lancers’ assistant Meg Neylon played for VCU from 2009-2012 and is an all-around swell person.
Also, VCU senior Stephanie DeMasi needs one assist to become VCU’s all-time leader in that category. In addition to her outstanding play on the field, DeMasi is majoring in pre-med and has been named to the Dean’s List about 48 times.
One of our former sports information graduate assistants, Stuart Smith, also works at Longwood. You can ask him or Scott Day about the time they road-tripped it to Buffalo back in 2007 to see the Rams play Duke, nearly driving off a foggy mountain in the process. Good times. You know the old saying, “As long as you don’t drive off a foggy mountain in Pennsylvania, it’s a good time”.
Men’s Soccer heads to Virginia Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Follow that here… VCU Volleyball has completed its 16-match road trip. The Rams are home at the Siegel Center Wednesday night against Hampton… Women’s Soccer begins A-10 play on Saturday versus UMass in Amherst, Mass.
MARSHALL IN THE PLAYOFFS
Former Ram Sean Marshall has been picked for the Cincinnati Reds’ playoff roster. Marshall missed all of June, July and August this year with shoulder tendonitis, but returned to pitch well in the final two weeks of the season. Marshall made five appearances from Sept. 17-28 and did not allow a run in 3.1 innings. The Reds play the Pirates Tuesday night in Pittsburgh in a one-game wildcard playoff.
HOW DO THEY RATE?
Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times recently compiled a list of some of the more popular college basketball magazines’ preseason top 25s for the 2013-14 season. Take a look. The Rams did well here.
Here’s pro golfer John Daley hitting a tee shot in a parking lot off a guy’s face.