July 14, 2016
Men's Basketball, VCU Athletics
Briante Weber, Houston Rockets, Juvonte Reddic, Melvin Johnson, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Summer League, Orlando Magic, Treveon Graham, Utah Jazz
The soon-to-be Disney story that is Briante Weber’s basketball career continues to gain momentum. The former VCU Minister of Defense is busy blowing up ball handlers in the NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat.
It was always understood that Weber’s offense would need time to develop, and his 40-percent shooting in eight summer league contests doesn’t dispel that notion, but he’s looking more comfortable all the time. On Wednesday, Weber dropped in 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Weber also appears to be getting a handle on his role as a facilitator at the point.
On the defensive side of the ball, he’s Briante “Bleeping” Weber, G.O.A.T, esq. He’s averaging 4.3 steals per game combined in the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues, including two 6-steal contests and one 5-swipe game. In one game, Weber scored nine points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out six assists and ripped six steals.
In all, Weber is averaging 8.8 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game.
Weber is one of four VCU alums playing in NBA Summer Leagues. Treveon Graham shredded the Orlando Summer League with the Magic’s White squad. The second-leading scorer in VCU history averaged 16.0 points, while shooting .558 from the floor in five games. Graham is a member of Utah’s Las Vegas Summer League team, but hasn’t received much in the way of minutes. We’ll conduct a full investigation on behalf of Ram Nation shortly.
Melvin Johnson is playing with Houston in Las Vegas. He’s appeared in one game so far for eight minutes. He knocked down one 3-pointer in that contest.
Juvonte Reddic, meanwhile, has appeared in three games for the NBA D-League Select squad. He’s averaging 2.7 points and scored six Wednesday in a loss to Philadelphia.
June 27, 2016
Former Oral Roberts standout Korey Billbury averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for VCU in his lone season as a Ram.
Korey Billbury’s time as a VCU Ram was short, but it was certainly memorable. The fifth-year senior transfer from Oral Roberts was a critical piece of VCU’s 25-win, Atlantic 10 Co-Championship team. Billbury, who averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Rams, capped his senior campaign with an NCAA win over Oregon State in Oklahoma City, a short ride from his hometown of Tulsa. With his collegiate career behind him, Billbury is looking ahead to his professional basketball career. Our Mike Voyack caught up with him recently.
June 22, 2016
Melvin Johnson bolstered his pro prospects in 2015-16 by averaging 17.4 points, while knocking down 110 three-pointers for the Rams.
Melvin Johnson has enjoyed a busy summer, logging workouts with nearly a dozen NBA teams. Although Johnson, VCU’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals, isn’t guaranteed to receive a phone call on draft night, an NBA Summer League stint, the professional entry point for a number of former Rams, seems highly likely. He took a break from working summer camps to sit down with us.
June 22, 2016
Baseball, Men's Basketball, VCU Athletics
Mo Alie-Cox, Rodney the Ram, Shawn Stiffler
Viral video time. This one comes via VCU University Relations, but there’s plenty of Athletics cameos in here, from Mo Alie-Cox, to Baseball Coach Shawn Stiffler to Pavarotti. Justin Timberlake has created a monster. Expect more of these.
April 27, 2016
Chris Mooney, Coaches Cook Off, Will Wade
You may have heard, but last week Will Wade won the Positive Vibe Cafe Coaches Cook Off last week. That’s because he went with steak, and steak always wins…unless it’s up against bacon, and then bacon always wins, but I digress.
But the real winner here is Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe, which helps adults with disabilities find employment. We’re glad Will and VCU could be a part of something like this.
April 1, 2016
Final Four, Joey Rodriguez, Will Wade
Will Wade agreed to a new eight-year contract this week. He met with the media Wednesday to talk about it and the future at VCU.
Meanwhile, Joey Rodriguez, who wasn’t in Houston when he recorded this interview, but will be in Houston this weekend anyway, was on with Wes McElroy this morning to discuss VCU’s Final Four run in 2011 (The video doesn’t seem to want to embed, but click the link to hear the interview).
March 19, 2016
2016 NCAA Tournament, JeQuan Lewis, Lon Kruger, Mo Alie-Cox, Oklahoma Sooners, Will Wade
We’re talking Oklahoma. On Sunday, VCU will attempt to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time.
March 17, 2016
Men's Basketball, VCU Athletics
2016 NCAA Tournament, Gary Payton II, Korey Billbury, Melvin Johnson, Mo Alie-Cox, Wayne Tinkle, Will Wade
Greetings from Oklahoma City! The Rams met with the media today and cranked out an open practice at Chesapeake Arena as they prepare for Oregon State Friday at 1:30. Side note. I keep having to remind myself that the game is at 12:30 here in the central time zone. I hope I don’t miss it.