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. 28

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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:

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.

YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

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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.
 

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

MEETING THE MEDIA

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After weeks of the media camping in tents outside the Basketball Development Center, we finally let those scribes in for some water and nourishment. We even gave them a few minutes to chat with Will Wade and the guys, since the season is just around the corner. Afterwards, we banished the media to the loading dock of the E.J. Wade Arena, where they’ll be forced to wait until Nov. 4.

If you’re both enthusiastic about the prospect of Mo Alie-Cox playing football someday, but also less enthusiastic about hearing about it all season don’t wor…just kidding. You’re going to hear about it 182 more times from now until April. Don’t fret. That just means Mo’s a really talented fella. If he breaks a few tackles down the road, I’ll be thrilled. In the meantime, I hope he breaks a few rims first.

Woody: VCU’s Mo Alie-Cox has a pro career – but which sport? – in his future (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Notes: Freshman Malik Crowfield ‘to play quite a bit’ for VCU; Justin Tillman expecting more rebounds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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

VIDEO: WADE WINS COACHES COOK OFF

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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.

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