TRIO OF RAMS HONORED ON VASID ALL-STATE TEAMS; SMART TAKES HOME COACH OF YEAR AWARD
RICHMOND, Va. – The season may be over, but the accolades keep pouring in for the VCU men's basketball team.
Earlier this week, a trio of Rams, as well as Head Coach Shaka Smart, were honored by the Virginia Sports Information Directors as part of their All-State accolades.
Smart was named the State Coach of the Year, senior Jamie Skeen earned All-State First-Team honors, while both junior Bradford Burgess and senior Joey Rodriguez were recognized on the honorable mention squad.
Skeen racked up a team high of 611 total points in his final season with the Rams; averaging 15.7 points per game. The Wake Forest transfer played in all but one of 40 games this season.
Burgess, a Midlothian, Va. native, was second on the team in points behind Skeen. He boasts 571 total points, with an average of 14.3 points per game. Burgess worked the court, playing more than any other player this season with a total of 1379 minutes.
Rodriguez led the offense in assists with 208 on the year. However, he wasn't shy about scoring a few for himself either with 496 total points, and an average of 15.5 per game. As a heavily relied on senior, Rodriguez played 1343 total minutes.
Smart helped the Rams reached unchartered territory this season with the program's first-ever Final Four appearance by defeating five schools from BCS conferences in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. With Smart at the helm over the past two years, the Black & Gold have compiled 55 wins, the most over any two-year stretch in school history.
At 33, he is one of the 10 youngest head coaches at the Division I level. Smart recently signed a new eight-year contract with VCU.