MEDIA MINUTES (DEC. 29)

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Conference play has arrived. The Rams (10-3) are set to kick off Atlantic 10 play Friday at George Mason (10-3) in a game that suddenly calls back (at least a little) to the halcyon days of the CAA. Will Wade has some things to say about the match-up.

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MEDIA MINUTES (DEC. 20)

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In today’s edition of “Will Wade Talks” we discuss the Warhawks of Louisiana Monroe and how to schedule a college basketball game while sitting in a parking lot.

CATCHING UP WITH: TREVEON GRAHAM

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After spending last season grinding as an undrafted rookie in the NBA D-League, Treveon Graham – the second-leading scorer in VCU history – made the Charlotte Hornets roster out of training camp this fall. Tre hasn’t played a ton yet, but if his history is any indication, it’ll only be a matter of time. Treveon Graham may never jump out of the gym, but he knows how to work.

MEDIA MINUTES (DEC. 13)

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Middle Tennessee State has been red hot this season, winning nine of its first 10 games, including victories over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The Blue Raiders are No. 7 in the (albeit early) RPI right now. This is not some middling Conference USA squad wandering into the Siegel Center Saturday. This is a potential conference champion capable of springing multiple upsets in March. Will Wade is acutely aware of these facts, and he’s determined to have VCU ready at 7 p.m. on Saturday. While Middle Tennessee State isn’t a name brand, this is a game where the Rams are going to need a raucous crowd behind them. We hope to see all of you Saturday with your ears pinned back, ready to wreak some fan havoc.

While most student-athletes graduate spring semester, there are a few that participate in the fall semester ceremonies. VCU Athletics didn’t want them to feel left out, so the department makes sure to honor this group of graduates each year.

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.

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