WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES: NOV. 28

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MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW

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Guys, men’s basketball season begins Friday.

Holy crap! Men’s basketball season begins Friday!

Let’s learn more about it.

WE’RE TALKIN’ ‘BOUT…WELL, YOU GET THE POINT (PRACTICE)

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Whether you are ready for it or not, we are hurtling towards basketball season. I’m under the impression that VCU fans are generally always ready. Practice is underway, and we caught up with Coach Will Wade and Mo Alie-Cox to find out how preparations are going for the 2016-17 season. T-minus 22 days until the exhibition game with Queens.

BONUS VIDEO: JEQUAN LEWIS HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT A TIME TO BRI ALIVE

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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.┬áIn 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.

CAN THESE RAMS DANCE?

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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.

NCAA PRACTICE AND PRESSERS FROM OKLAHOMA CITY

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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.

WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES – MARCH 15

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If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I’d love to hear Will Wade preview VCU’s NCAA Tournament match-up, heckle a Times-Dispatch columnist and then spend 15 minutes breaking down the inequities of NCAA scheduling”, then today is your day.

Meanwhile, VCU’s Women’s Basketball team will be playing in a postseason tournament of their own. The Rams host Virginia in the WNIT Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center.

THE PEPPAS: RETURN TO NYC

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In a tradition as old as…well, four years, the VCU Pep Band treated the citizens of New York to the library of tunes we get to hear every game.

WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES (FEB. 24)

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WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES, PLUS BONUS VIDS

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That was a great atmosphere Tuesday night in the win over Rhode Island, right? We had our elves take that atmosphere and pack it into a YouTube video for your computer (or mobile device!).

But! We’re not done.

You may have read about the new non-profit venture founded by former Rams D.J. Haley and Rob Brandenberg. Learn more here:

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