November 28, 2015
November 27, 2015
November 18, 2015
BONUS VIDEO – JEQUAN LEWIS INTERVIEW
November 17, 2015
Also, here’s an interview I did recently with Korey Billbury for the pregame show.
November 11, 2015
The 2015-16 season opener is on deck. The Rams host Prairie View A&M on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Here’s Will Wade discussing the match-up.
November 5, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Coach Will Wade surprised everybody, including his sports information director, Thursday afternoon when he revealed freshman center Jonathan Nwankwo had been ruled eligible immediately by the NCAA for four years of competition.
Wade quickly pivoted.
“With that said, we’re going to redshirt him,” he declared.
Nwankwo, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound center from Nigeria by way of the Bronx, N.Y., originally signed with Minnesota and fielded offers from Tennessee, Seton Hall, Boston College and others. It was originally unclear when and for how many years Nwankwo would be eligible, due to the differences in the structure of school systems in Nigeria and the United States, as well as a year Nwankwo was out of school with his ailing mother. He moved to the United States four years ago.
Wade assured reporters that Nwankwo’s eligibility was never a question of academics, and says the freshman is a computer science major carrying a 3.5 grade point average.
The NCAA’s ruling settles a protracted compliance process that began months ago. Although Wade’s plan will be to sit and develop Nwankwo for a year, he’ll be allowed to practice with the team during that period.
November 2, 2015
Well, the doors are officially open at the VCU Basketball Development Center. The teams have been practicing inside the facility for a week or two, but we officially cut the ribbon Monday. Other than a few bells and whistles, everything is up and running, and man, it is truly impressive. It can’t help but elevate both VCU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.
October 27, 2015
October 24, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. – Justin Tillman repeatedly dunked at Saturday night’s Black and Gold Game like a man trying to scare the 2015-16 season to life. Mission accomplished.
Tillman provided one of the most powerful performances in VCU’s annual intrasquad scrimmage with 20 points, including six dunks, and 10 rebounds to lead the Black team to an 85-76 win before 5,223 at the Siegel Center.
It can be difficult to assess the value of players’ performances in games like this one, but Tillman dared people to notice with a series of vicious slams. The sophomore forward averaged 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season, but new VCU Coach Will Wade can probably envision an uptick in Tillman’s numbers if he continues with such high-voltage efforts.
“I thought Tillman was great. He’s been phenomenal in practice,” Wade said. “His activity level was through the roof. He was tremendous, and he’s been that way in practice. He’s been an energy guy, an activity guy and that certainly showed today.”
Tillman’s presence has always been a flashy one, with his tall, dyed afro and his highlight reel dunks.
“He dunks everything, and I love that,” Wade said. “I worry about the backboards in the Development Center sometimes. He dunks everything. I love it, though. He’s a player.”
Tillman should figure prominently in Wade’s rotation, given the departure of Treveon Graham – who garnered the bulk of VCU’s minutes at power forward last season – and the coach’s emphasis on post play. You can expect to see more traditional lineups featuring two post players this season under Wade than in recent years.
Tillman played the 4-spot Saturday alongside center Mo Alie-Cox, and the two combined for 35 points and 18 rebounds. One could certainly imagine Wade pairing those two together down low on a regular basis.
October 22, 2015
Hey friends. Basketball season is practically breathing down our necks. I know this because the Atlantic 10 held its annual media day in Brooklyn Tuesday. Mike Voyack followed new Rams’ Coach Will Wade around with a camera as people asked him questions. Let’s have a gander:
Speaking of basketball. The Black and Gold Scrimmage is Saturday at the Siegel Center. It’s scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. The rosters were recently released, and I’ve got to say Wade is really going to challenge that Gold team. Although it’s not set in stone, the Black team appears starter-heavy. On the flip side, this will be an opportunity for guys like Johnny Williams, Michael Gilmore and Doug Brooks to shine. Should be fun.
The Black and Gold Scrimmage will be followed immediately by the first VCU Basketball Alumni Game. We released those rosters a few days ago. If you haven’t seen them, tighten up your social media game. Then, look here:
Look, there are a bunch of great names on these teams, but the big reveal is the expected appearance of Larry Sanders, who has not played publicly since leaving the Milwaukee Bucks (and the NBA) altogether last year. I don’t know if Larry’s in any kind of shape right now, but I’m hitching my wagon to the Black team. I base that solely on Calvin Duncan’s coaching abilities.
In other news, the Utah Jazz have released Treveon Graham, while Briante Weber has officially signed with the Miami Heat.
Don’t fret, VCU fans. The Jazz initially signed Graham to a three-year deal with a small guarantee. There’s an excellent chance he’ll now end up with the team’s D-League franchise, the Idaho Stampede. By releasing Graham, the Jazz can keep him out of the D-League draft pool and place him in Idaho. The Houston Rockets employed the same tactic with Troy Daniels and the Heat will likely do the same with Weber.
That basketball stuff is all in good fun, but the video you really need to be watching is this one, featuring VCU Women’s Soccer senior Gabby Dyer. Gabby is quite simply a tremendous human being who has dedicated much of her time to community service and serving others. Please watch:
BONUS: Check out these goals from VCU Women’s Soccer’s win at La Salle the other day. These are some great goals. That last one by Julia Suarez is insane. The keeper doesn’t even try to stop it.
— VCU Women’s Soccer (@VCUWomensSoccer) October 21, 2015