VCU Rumors & News

  • VCU picks up commitment from four-star wing De'Riante Jenkins

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "New VCU coach Will Wade picked up a major commitment on Saturday, landing four-star wing De’Riante Jenkins. Jenkins, a 6-foot-5, 180-pounder who will play at Hargrave Military Academy this season, is ranked as a top-60 prospect by He had a long list of ACC and SEC suitors, including..." September 21

  • Minnesota, VCU spent $300,000 to settle complaints against former AD Norwood Teague

    College Basketball Talk "The scandal surrounding former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague took another turn on Tuesday morning, as news surfaced that Minnesota and VCU — where Teague held the same position prior to heading north — had paid at least $300,000 to settle gender discrimination claims since 2012. In..." August 11

  • VCU lands former Minnesota commit, three-star power forward Jonathan Nwankwo

    College Basketball Talk "Jonathan Nwankwo, a former Minnesota signee, committed to VCU on Friday night. The commitment was reported by both Evan Daniels of and Jeff Borzello of The 6-foot-9 Nwankwo received his release from his National Letter of Intent on May 18. He becomes the second pledge in..." June 08

  • Accuser admits Mo Alie-Cox didn't punch her

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "A woman admitted she falsely accused VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox of punching her in the face in an apology letter referenced in court on Tuesday before a judge dismissed the assault charge against him. Alie-Cox had been charged with misdemeanor assault based on Morgan Ashley Kaye's criminal..." June 02

  • Assault charge to be dismissed against VCU's Mo Alie-Cox

    USA Today "Assault charges will be dismissed against forward Mo Alie-Cox, according to a statement Thursday from Virginia Commonwealth. Cox originally was charged April 30 for allegedly punching a woman, according to court documents obtained by USA TODAY Sports. "We have been informed by the Richmond..." May 28

  • VCU transfer Terry Larrier chooses Connecticut over Maryland, other schools

    Baltimore Sun "After signing five-star prospect Diamond Stone in April and getting a commitment from Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon earlier this month, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon’s hot streak was finally stopped Thursday. Terry Larrier, a 6-foot-7 forward who announced plans to transfer from..." May 28

  • Report: Maryland one of two frontrunners for VCU transfer

    CSN Baltimore "Maryland and Connecticut are the two frontrunners to land VCU transfer Terry Larrier, according to Jon Rothstein of Larrier, a lanky 6-8 forward from New York City, decided to transfer after head coach Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas this spring. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.0..." May 23

  • Rams seeking third year for transfer

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "VCU basketball coach Will Wade said the school intends to file a waiver with the NCAA seeking a third year of eligibility for junior college transfer Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed. Mohamed, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from Egypt, signed with VCU this past weekend. He originally signed with Houston but..." May 22

  • VCU adds a BIG man in JUCO F Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed

    VCU Ram Nation "Will Wade and the VCU Basketball program got great news today as 6’9″, 245 pound PF Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed committed to the VCU Rams while on a visit to campus today. The JUCO forward out of Lee College (TX) averaged 16.2 ppg and 10.7 rpg while shooting 54.5% from the field last season and will be..." May 19

  • Mo Alie-Cox charged with assault, battery after woman claims he punched her

    Sporting News - NCAAB "VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on Thursday in the wake of an incident at a nightclub on April 3 where a woman claims he punched her, according to documents obtained by the local TV station WTVR . The alleged encounter occurred at Society nightclub in..." May 05

  • VCU basketball player Terry Larrier asks for release from team

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "New VCU basketball coach Will Wade was well aware that Terry Larrier might want to transfer after a coaching change. It became definite on Wednesday when Wade announced that Larrier, a rising sophomore, had asked for his release. Larrier, a top 50 recruit, arrived as one of the gems of last..." April 30

  • VCU guard Terry Larrier to transfer

    CBS Sports "VCU freshman guard Terry Larrier will transfer, sources told on Wednesday. He will sit out next season per NCAA rules and have three years of eligibility remaining." April 29

  • VCU lands immediately eligible transfer Korey Billbury

    CBS Sports "Oral Roberts transfer Korey Billbury has committed to VCU, per his twitter page. Since he's already a college graduate, Billbury will be immediately eligible to play next season. A 6-3 guard, Billbury averaged 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds last season" April 24

  • Justin Tillman staying at VCU

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "New VCU basketball coach Will Wade got a big dose of good news on Wednesday. Big man Justin Tillman had a change of heart after meeting with Wade on Wednesday night, just days after asking for his release from the program. Tillman, a rising sophomore forward from Detroit, said that he will..." April 16

  • Report: VCU freshman Justin Tillman will transfer

    College Basketball Talk "VCU freshman forward Justin Tillman will reportedly leave the program and look to transfer. According to report from’s Brian Snow, Tillman has asked for his release after head coach Shaka Smart left for the Texas job. A former three-star recruit from Detroit, Tillman played in 35..." April 14

  • Two VCU signees receive release from National Letter of Intent

    College Basketball Talk "While the most important task for a new head coach is to make sure that the current players are taken care of, recruits who have committed to the prior staff are important as well. In some instances that can mean informing the player that they no longer fit in the plans, and in others the coach..." April 10

  • VCU to hire Chattanooga's Wade

    CBS Sports "VCU will hire Chattanooga's Will Wade as its next head basketball coach, multiple sources told on Tuesday. An official announcement is expected soon. Wade will replace Shaka Smart, who left VCU on Thursday to take the head coaching position at the University of..." April 07

  • Shaka Smart: Principles that worked at VCU will work at Texas

    ESPN "Shaka Smart finally received an offer he couldn't resist. Smart was introduced as the new basketball coach of Texas on Friday, leaving Virginia Commonwealth for the Longhorns after turning down several suitors, including UCLA, since taking VCU to the Final Four in 2011. He also reportedly..." April 05

  • Richmond strip clubs offer VCU Coach Shaka Smart free lap dances to stay

    Washington Post "VCU men’s basketball Coach Shaka Smart was reportedly scheduled to meet Thursday with Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson, who was expected to offer Smart the same job with the Longhorns. If that happens, Smart will have a difficult decision to make. Is it worth leaving a program he helped..." April 03

  • Reports: Texas hires Shaka Smart to lead Longhorns

    Yahoo! Sports "Texas has hired one of the best young coaches in college basketball to lead the Longhorns, multiple outlets reported Thursday night citing sources. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson flew to Richmond, Va., on Thursday and offered Smart the chance to coach in the Big 12 Conference at its..." April 03

  • Texas seeks Shaka Smart to replace Barnes

    ESPN "Texas has zeroed in on VCU coach Shaka Smart to fill its head-coaching vacancy, multiple sources told ESPN. Smart, 37, has spurned several programs over the past few years, but sources told ESPN that he has significant interest in heading to Austin and replacing Rick Barnes -- who was fired..." April 01

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    Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops

    A knowledgeable source informs me that as of this morning there have been no direct talks b/t Texas and Shaka Smart. Not sensing momentum.

  • Report: VCU coach Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

    SI "VCU men's basketball coach Shaka Smart is in discussions with Texas about its head coach opening, reports Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Texas announced Sunday that it had mutually parted ways with head coach Rick Barnes after 17 seasons. Smart was hired as coach of the Rams in 2009. He has..." March 31

  • Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall Leading Candidates To Replace Rick Barnes At Texas

    College Spun "Texas has fired Rick Barnes as its men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports. The Longhorns’ administration has yet to officially announce the news, but they apparently have their eyes set on two men to potentially replace the 60-year-old coach who has been in Austin since 1998...." March 29

  • VCU's Treveon Graham ready to carry the load after Briante Weber's injury

    SI "Treveon Graham is 6-foot-6 and a stone-cut 220 pounds. Those measurements and his on-court verocity have inspired his VCU teammates to dub him “Freight Train.” This nickname is often shortened to “Freight”, and it neatly implies the mass and force that the Rams’ leading scorer and rebounder exerts..." February 05

  • Briante Weber tears ACL, MCL

    ESPN "VCU guard Briante Weber suffered a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus during the closing minutes of the No. 14 Rams' 64-55 loss to Richmond on Saturday, and his collegiate career is over, school spokesman Scott Day said. Weber, who was on pace to break the NCAA record for all-time steals, was driving..." February 02

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    VCU Athletics @VCUathletics

    Official report: Senior Briante Weber has torn his ACL, MCL and meniscus. #LetsGoVCU

  • VCU's Treveon Graham has sprained ankle

    CBS Sports "VCU's Treveon Graham has a sprained ankle, Shaka Smart told on Wednesday. The injury was suffered in Tuesday night's win at Rhode Island. Smart said he is hopeful Graham will be able to play Saturday against Duquesne. The 6-5 forward is averaging 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds..." January 14

  • VCU transfer Antravious Simmons to join Florida Gulf Coast

    The Score "Ex-VCU forward Antravious Simmons has transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University, the school announced Friday. The 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman will be eligible to play next season, following the completion of the fall 2015 semester. "We're excited about Antravious joining the program," FGCU..." December 20

  • VCU reserve freshman forward Antravious Simmons will transfer at the end of the semester

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "VCU announced that reserve freshman forward Antravious Simmons will transfer at the end of the semester. Simmons, a 6-foot-9, 245-pounder who redshirted last year, played in only three of the Rams’ first eight games this season. He scored two points and had two rebounds in nine minutes. No..." December 11

  • JeQuan Lewis not yet cleared to play

    ESPN "JeQuan Lewis, who suffered a concussion in VCU's win over Tennessee on Friday, has improved but he has not been cleared to play in Tuesday's game against Toledo, according to coach Shaka Smart. "Not sure yet," Smart told on Monday. "He still will need to be cleared [by the team's..." November 17

  • VCU guard JeQuan Lewis has concussion, is questionable for game against Toledo

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "VCU point guard JeQuan Lewis is questionable for the Rams' next game because of a concussion he suffered during Friday's victory over Tennessee. Lewis was battling for a rebound with teammate Justin Tillman and Tennessee’s 6-10, 280-pound Dominic Woodson. " November 16

  • Shaka Smart lands second four-star commitment in the Class of 2015

    College Basketball Talk "Shaka Smart continued cleaning up on the recruiting trail on Thursday afternoon as four-star small forward Tevin Mack committed to the Rams. Mack is the second recruit in the Class of 2015, joining fellow four-star Kenny Williams. Williams is known as a shooter, while Mack is one of the better..." November 15

  • Duke, Wisconsin, VCU headline field for 2015 2K Classic

    CBS Sports "Duke, Wisconsin, Georgetown, and VCU will be the four headline programs in the 2015 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden. Specific dates and matchups for the event have yet to be determined." October 14

  • VCU lands a commitment from talented local guard

    College Basketball Talk "Shaka Smart has made his first foray into the 2015 recruiting class as he landed Kenny Williams, a talented, 6-foot-2 guard from southern Virginia. “Extremely blessed and excited to announce that I have committed to play my college basketball at VCU,” Williams tweeted. He’s currently listed as..." August 19

  • Point guard Weber charged with petit larceny, suspended for VCU’s opener

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "VCU point guard Briante Weber was issued a summons for petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and has been suspended for the Rams’ opening game of the coming basketball season. A copy of the incident report provided by VCU police, who issued the summons, indicates that an iPhone 5 valued at $200 was..." August 16

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Jairus Lyles transferring from VCU, Shaka Smart says

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "Jairus Lyles is transferring from VCU, Rams coach Shaka Smart said. Lyles’ destination was not announced. The 6-2 guard out of DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md., played sparingly during his freshman season." April 28

  • VCU's Smart not going to Marquette

    CBS Sports "VCU's Shaka Smart will not, despite recent speculation to the contrary, be the next head coach at Marquette, a source told on Thursday. Consequently, Marquette's search for Buzz Williams' replacement has now completely moved on to other targets. Among the possible candidates at..." March 28

  • Rice to hire VCU's Mike Rhoades

    CBS Sports "Rice will hire VCU assistant Mike Rhoades to fill its head coaching vacancy, sources told Rhoades has been on Shaka Smart's staff since Smart's first season in Richmond in 2009. Prior to his stint at VCU, Rhoades enjoyed a long period of success at Division III Randolph-Macon..." March 25

  • Schools reach out to Shaka Smart

    ESPN "Marquette and Wake Forest have both reached out and expressed interest to VCU coach Shaka Smart, multiple sources told ESPN on Monday. Marquette coach Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech last week after a six-year run that included five NCAA tournament appearances. Smart, 36, is a Wisconsin..." March 24

  • Stephen F. Austin Advances Past VCU 77-75 In OT "The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team closed out regulation on a four-point play from senior Desmond Haymon to tie it 67-67 and then outscored VCU 10-8 in overtime to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 77-75 victory Friday evening at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, the..." March 22

  • VCU receives 5-seed, to meet Stephen F. Austin in NCAAs

    VCUAthletics "VCU will meet Southland Conference Champion Stephen F. Austin Friday in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, the Rams learned Sunday. The Rams (26-8) received the 5-seed in the South Region. It's the second straight season the Rams have received a 5-seed from the NCAA..." March 19

  • St. Joe's conquers VCU for Atlantic 10 title "Before the Atlantic 10 tournament, it was believed that St. Joseph's needed at least one win to keep its hopes for a bid to the NCAA tournament alive. The Hawks went a number of gigantic steps better. With all five starters playing 37 or more minutes Sunday, St. Joseph's defeated Virginia..." March 17

  • VCU 74, George Washington 55

    ProSportsDaily "Treveon Graham scored 22 points as the Rams advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made coach Shaka Smart the winningest coach in program history. Briante Weber added 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals for..." March 16

  • VCU 71, Richmond 53

    ProSportsDaily "Briante Weber scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half as the Rams advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. Treveon Graham added 14 points and six rebounds for second-seeded VCU (25-7), which will play third-seeded George Washington on Saturday. Melvin..." March 15

  • Looking for Cinderella? Try the A-10

    USA Today "AT THE WATER COOLER: Every year, we search for it. That diamond-in-the-rough team that we dub Cinderella. If we're trying to find a team to become this year's NCAA tournament darling, look no further than the Atlantic 10 Conference, a league that hasn't skipped a beat in spite of losing..." March 12

  • Graham fuels Rams' rally in 56-50 win at Richmond

    VCUAthletics "The Basics Score: VCU 56, Richmond 50 Records: VCU (23-7, 11-4), Richmond (18-12, 8-7) Location: Robins Center – Richmond, Va. The Short Story: Junior Treveon Graham notched his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the VCU men's..." March 07

  • Spiders Host VCU In Bank Of America Capital Classic "Richmond hosts VCU in the Bank of America Capital Classic on Thursday in a sold-out Robins Center at 9 p.m. in a game televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. The Spiders are 18-11 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10. Richmond has won four of the last seven since losing both seniors for..." March 04

  • Graham, Weber lead Rams past #10 St. Louis, 67-56

    VCUAthletics "The Basics Score: VCU 67, #10 Saint Louis 56 Records: VCU (22-7, 10-4), Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2) Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village The Short Story: Junior Treveon Graham scored 17 points and grabbed eight..." March 02