Troy Daniels ’13 (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Daniels has played fewer than 40 NBA games, but he’s already had an eventful career. Although he signed a two-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets in the offseason, Daniels was traded in December to the Timberwolves. The move has resulted in slightly more playing time for the former VCU sharpshooter (9.4 mpg to 6.4 mpg). Overall, Daniels is averaging 3.0 points, while shooting 32 percent (23-of-73) from 3-point range in 28 games this season.
Daniels was understandably one of the NBA’s feel-good stories last season. After averaging 21.5 points per game while setting 3-point shooting records at the Rockets’ D-League affiliate, Daniels earned a late-season call-up. Despite playing in just five regular-season games (averaging 8.5 ppg), Daniels averaged 17 minutes per game off the bench in the Rockets’ playoff series with Portland. In Game Three, Daniels broke a 116-116 tie with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in overtime. Houston won 121-116.
Larry Sanders ’10 (Milwaukee Bucks)
Sanders, hoping to bounce back from a 2013-14 season marred by injuries and suspension, was averaging 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in 27 games before taking a leave to deal with personal issues. Sanders said recently he is working through those issues and hopes to be in a position to play again at some point. It is unclear when he will return.
Sanders has averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks shots per game in five seasons with the Bucks.
L.F. Likholitov ’02 (Krasny Oktyabr – Russia)
St. Petersburg, Russia native L.F. Likholitov has continues to plug away as a pro with Krasny Oktyabr, where he’s currently teaming with LeBron James’ high school teammate (and former European teammate of Jamal Shuler) Romeo Travis. The 34-year-old Likholitov has appeared in eight games this season and is averaging 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Likholitov ranks second in VCU history with 207 blocked shots.
Kostantin Nesterov ’02 (Novosybirsk – Russia)
Another longtime Russian pro, Nesterov has signed with one of the country’s top Superleague squads, Novosybirsk. Nesterov, a 205-centimeter (6-foot-9 for all you Americans) forward/center has been injured and has not appeared in a game this season.
Nick George ’06 (Plymouth Raiders – England)
On Dec. 9, the 32-year-old George announced he was stepping away from his professional basketball career to focus on other ventures, namely Nick George Pro Performance.
George, who has battled knee injuries, made a successful comeback last year (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) with Plymouth. He played in 14 games with the Raiders this season, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. A native of Manchester, England, George ranks 10th on VCU’s all-time scoring list with 1,546 points. His career has also included stops in France, Italy and Switzerland.
B.A. Walker ’07 (Lille – France)
Nearly a decade into his professional career, Walker, VCU’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (269), is still scoring the basketball. Walker enjoyed a productive season for Evreux in 2013-14 and is Lille’s second-leading scorer this year, averaging 14.1 points and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 40 percent (31-of-78) from 3-point range.
Over the Christmas break, Walker won the entire Siegel Center Papa John’s Pizza, by the way.
Jesse Pellot-Rosa ’07 (Olimpico LB – Argentina)
While many former Rams have made a name for themselves in Europe, the bulk of Pellot-Rosa’s pro career has been played in Puerto Rico, as well as Central and South America. Ever on the move, the former VCU March hero has joined Olimpico LB this season, where he is averaging 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. A Richmond native, Pellot-Rosa’s career has included stints in Puerto Rico, Israel, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic. He frequently works out at VCU during the offseason.
Jamal Shuler ’08 (Nanterre – France)
Shuler returns to France’s Pro A league following a one-year stint in Ukraine. Behind Shuler, the team’s leading scorer (14.9 ppg), Nanterre is currently 13-3 and tied for first place. A First-Team All-CAA pick as a senior for the Rams in 2007-08 has also played professionally in Germany and Ukraine during his seven-year career.
Also, let’s never forget this insane buzzer-beater he hit four years ago.
Eric Maynor ’09 (OpenjobMetis Varese – Italy)
On Jan. 14, OpenjobMetis Varese announced it had signed Maynor to a one-year contract. He will be playing in the same league (Italy’s Serie A) as former Rams Bradford Burgess and Juvonte Reddic.
Maynor, who played with the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards last year, had been working out in Atlanta in hopes of signing with an NBA team. Maynor has averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 assists per game in a four-year career that has included stops with Utah, Oklahoma City, Portland, Washington and Philadelphia.
Kirill Pishchalnikov ’10 (Musson – Russia)
Pishchalnikov and his wife often spend their summers in Richmond before heading to Russia for basketball season. This year, Pishchalikov is enjoying one of his better pro seasons with Musson of Russia’s Higher League, averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Jamie Skeen ’11 (Mons-Hainaut – Belgium)
It’s been a busy calendar year for Skeen. Last season, he played in both Italy and Puerto Rico before returning stateside to join the Charlotte Hornets’ summer league team. Now, the 2011 NCAA Tournament Southwest Regional MVP is playing in Belgium, where he is averaging 9.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Skeen can still stroke the three. He’s shooting 36 percent (16-of-44) from that range this year.
Brandon Rozzell ’11 (Escazu – Costa Rica)
Following a return to pro hoops with Popular Pensiones San Ramon last year, Rozzell has played for Costa Rican clubs Escazu and Barva in 2014-15. Wearing the familiar No. 32 jersey, Rozzell is averaging better than 18 points per game for Barva before his recent transfer to Escazu. He has also played in Holland during his three-year pro career.
Joey Rodriguez ’11 (TBA)
Rodriguez, whose career has included stints with a number of Puerto Rican clubs and a brief stop in Turkey, indicated earlier this year he intends to return to Puerto Rico this spring. He battled injuries and played in nine games last season with Maratonistas De Coama. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists per game. The BSN, Puerto Rico’s top pro league, plays a spring-summer schedule.
Bradford Burgess ’12 (Upea Capo D’Orlando – Italy)
Following two seasons with Belgian club Leuven, Burgess has migrated to Italy’s top league, Serie A. Playing alongside former Georgetown star Austin Freeman, Burgess is averaging 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting better than 40 percent (13-of-32) from 3-point range.
Juvonte Reddic ’14 (VL Pesaro – Italy)
Reddic is the most-recent Ram to move onto a professional basketball career. Like Burgess, Reddic plays in the well-regarded Serie A Italian league, and earlier this season, the two former Rams met on the court. Although Reddic’s VL Pesaro earned a 62-60 victory, Burgess got the better of the individual matchup with seven points and three rebounds. Reddic finished with four points. He is averaging 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor.
From last year’s list: Darius Theus has returned to Richmond and has begun working in the private sector and is an assistant coach at Godwin High School… Michael Anderson is not currently signed with a team. He played in Finland last season.