TWO TECH PRIMERS

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VCU and Georgia Tech face off Wednesday for the second time in as many years, and we have a couple of videos to help you prepare. First up is Will Wade’s weekly press conference from Tuesday, where he discusses, at length, the Rams’ loss to Illinois, as well as this year’s Georgia Tech squad. The second video is Robby Robinson and myself hawking steaks for the good of the program.

RAMSANITY & SCOUTING THE ILLINI

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The “Ramsanity” challenge has become an annual rite of passage for the VCU Baseball team. It’s part team-building, part physical challenge, 100 percent not for the faint of heart.

VCU Men’s Basketball has another tough test on its hands on Saturday, Dec. 3 when it meets Illinois in Miami, and we don’t mean Miami, Ohio. Coach Will Wade checks in with a scouting report.

WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES: NOV. 21

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We are Bahamas bound! Coach Will Wade checks in to discuss 20th-ranked Baylor the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis.

DARIUS THEUS: FULL CIRCLE

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Darius Theus guards Old Dominion’s Kent Bazemore in a 2012 game in Norfolk.

By Brett Bosley

VCU Men’s Basketball welcomed back one of their own to the program this offseason, when the Rams added former standout Darius Theus to the coaching staff as Director of Student-Athlete Development. Although Theus had other career aspirations at the time, the opportunity at VCU convinced him to return to his roots.

“I was excited, just to come back and work with the guys was obviously a little tough because I was still in the process of trying to continue to play, but things didn’t work out the way I wanted to,” said Theus. “So when [Coach Will Wade] offered me the position, I took some time to think about it, but was really excited because I knew could come here and help these guys out.”

Theus spoke on his personal relationship with Coach Wade, which he admits was “shaky” at first when he came in as a freshman in 2009. However, as Theus grew as a player and a person in the program, he finally saw what Wade was all about.

“My junior year is when he really took me under his wing and we became real close and then from there we kind of took off.  I think the start of my junior year we started to build a good relationship and he showed me that he genuinely cared about me and that’s how he treats all those guys. For me it was something special when we took time to connect with each other.”

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WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES: NOV. 16

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Less than 12 hours after picking up a 64-59 road win over Liberty in Lynchburg, Will Wade was back in front of the microphone to talk about the plight of the albino mountain yak. Nah, just kidding. He was talking about basketball. For an update on Justin Tillman’s status, as well as a little insight into Friday’s opponent, Binghamton, watch:

HAT’S OFF: TREVEON GRAHAM

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Treveon Graham ranks second in VCU history with 1,882 points.

A tip of the cap tonight to Treveon Graham, who scored his first NBA points tonight as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.

I’m not going to blow anybody’s mind here when I say this, but Treveon Graham is simply a winner; a lunchpail grinder who always finds a way. Couldn’t be happier for him.

Graham is the ninth Ram to appear in “The Association” and the fifth since 2009, when Eric Maynor ushered in a new era of VCU fans buying NBA jerseys. Graham joins Bernard Harris, Jessie Dark, Gerald Henderson, Edmund Sherod, Maynor, Larry Sanders, Troy Daniels and Briante Weber as exclusive members of the VCU-to-NBA club.

YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

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If this video doesn’t pick you up, then you may be dead inside. For the uninitiated, Torey Burston is a senior walk-on with the VCU Men’s Basketball team. On Thursday, Coach Will Wade surprised Burston with a scholarship for 2016-17.
 

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Torey is one of the finest student-athletes I’ve encountered in my time at VCU, and I couldn’t be happier for him.

VIDEO ROUND-UP: MEDIA DAY, GAME-WINNERS & COSTUMED BASEBALL

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A lot to unpack here, so let’s get to it. We’ll have for-real basketball in four days. I’m not sure what you’re going to do with yourself for the rest of the week, but hang in there.

In the meantime, it’s Halloween, and certain folks around here take that pretty seriously. The VCU Baseball team, for example:

Speaking of hoops, the Atlantic 10 Conference held its annual media day downtown last week, which gave Coach Beth O’Boyle a chance to wax ecstatic about this year’s Rams. Her program is coming off a 23-win campaign, and optimism surrounds the 2016-17 season.

There’s a little VCU hoops alumni news as well. Final Four hero Jamie Skeen, who missed much of last season with a knee injury, is headed to training camp with Charlotte’s D-League team in Greensboro.

By now you’ve likely heard that Briante Weber was among the Miami Heat’s final cuts. But the team has made it clear they like Weber’s upside and want to continue to develop him, so they’ve sent him back to its D-League team. It sounds like he’ll get plenty of opportunity there.

Finally, a great moment from this weekend. Julia Suarez provides a game-winning goal in the 92nd minute against Richmond on Sunday. Doesn’t get much better than that.

MEETING THE MEDIA

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After weeks of the media camping in tents outside the Basketball Development Center, we finally let those scribes in for some water and nourishment. We even gave them a few minutes to chat with Will Wade and the guys, since the season is just around the corner. Afterwards, we banished the media to the loading dock of the E.J. Wade Arena, where they’ll be forced to wait until Nov. 4.

If you’re both enthusiastic about the prospect of Mo Alie-Cox playing football someday, but also less enthusiastic about hearing about it all season don’t wor…just kidding. You’re going to hear about it 182 more times from now until April. Don’t fret. That just means Mo’s a really talented fella. If he breaks a few tackles down the road, I’ll be thrilled. In the meantime, I hope he breaks a few rims first.

Woody: VCU’s Mo Alie-Cox has a pro career – but which sport? – in his future (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Notes: Freshman Malik Crowfield ‘to play quite a bit’ for VCU; Justin Tillman expecting more rebounds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

A-10 MEDIA DAY: BEHIND THE SCENES

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The Atlantic 10 conducted its annual Media Day on Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh, site of the 2017 conference tournament. Although it’ll be a big change from the last four years in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh really seems to be embracing the A-10. In the meantime, check out some sights and sounds from Will Wade’s trip to A-10 Media Day.

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