ISTANBUL, Turkey – A long list of historic generals have marched through the city of Istanbul.
You can add "The Little General" to that list as former VCU men's basketball standout Joey Rodriguez inked a contract with the Turkish Club, Darussafaka, of the Turkish Basketball Second Division.
"I'm really excited for this opportunity to continue my playing career," Rodriguez said. "The four years here at VCU were something that I'll never forget and that ultimately put me in the position I am in today. Hopefully, I'll be able to make all of Ram Nation proud."
Most notably, Rodriguez served as the floor general for the Black & Gold during their historic run to the Final Four this past March. He graduated from VCU as "The Iron Man" of Rams basketball, playing in the most games (142) and the most minutes (4,401) in school history.
During his four years, he helped the Rams tally 103 victories, tied for the most over any four year stretch in school history.
He also knocked down 211 three-pointers (second most in VCU history), dished out 580 assists (third in VCU history) and grabbed 237 steals (second most in VCU history).
He finished with 1,362 points and holds the single-game record for most assists with 17, which he posted in the 2010-11 season opening victory over UNC Greensboro.
Twice, the Merritt Island, Fla. native earned All-CAA accolades, Second Team in 2010 and Third Team in 2011. He was also named to the 2011 All-Tournament Team for the Southwest Region.
Rodriguez will leave for Istanbul during the latter part of next week. He is the third member of VCU's Final Four team to sign a professional contract joining Jamie Skeen (France) and Ed Nixon (Macedonia). Brandon Rozzell, the squad's only other senior, is expected to sign within the next few weeks.