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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.


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


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Join us, if you will, on a “Cribs”-inspired tour of VCU’s Basketball Development Center with Torey Burston, Mo Alie-Cox, Camille Calhoun and GG Goodhope.


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Because it’s Tuesday, and because I’m generous, here are not one, but two videos of note.

First is Will Wade’s weekly presser, in which he discusses Wednesday’s opponent, North Florida, as well as his friendship with Ospreys’ Head Coach Matthew Driscoll. Wade was a student manager at Clemson during Driscoll’s tenure as an assistant coach at the ACC school.

Today, you also get this interview with Torey Burston we shot last week for the pregame show. It’s impossible not to love Torey Burston.


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Excitable and always entertaining, Briante Weber may be also be VCU's solution at point guard.

Excitable and always entertaining, Briante Weber may be also be VCU’s solution at point guard.

RICHMOND, Va. – Shaka Smart got to the point Wednesday.

In a meeting with members of the local media, the VCU coach provided insight into the Rams’ point guard situation for the upcoming season. Following the departure of senior Darius Theus (graduation) and Teddy Okereafor (transfer), the most logical choice to trigger the offense is rising junior and Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Briante Weber.

It’s sound reasoning. Weber showed considerable improvement from his freshman season when backing up Theus last year. He started in place of an injured Theus in a win at Old Dominion on Dec. 7 and provided an 8-point, 9-rebound, 10 assist, 5-steal performance. He turned the ball over just once in that game. Weber averaged 5.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.7 steals per game last season and posted a point-guard friendly 2.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

But Weber hasn’t played the position in college for any extended period of time. The excitable ballhawk has been something of a hybrid in college, a defensive disruptor with opportunistic tendencies on offense.

The only “true” scholarship point guard on the roster will be well-regarded incoming freshman JeQuan Lewis from Tennessee. Classmate Jairus Lyles played a fair amount of point guard in high school, and Smart says he’ll also be in the mix.


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