December 19, 2011

GRAHAM TAKES HOME CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS

RICHMOND, Va. – Off the court, freshman Treveon Graham is a pretty reserved, quiet guy.

On the court is a different story for the one of many talented newcomers to the VCU Basketball team this year. Graham's aggressive style (15 points on 6-of-11 shooting) helped put the nail in the coffin in the Rams' 87-64 win last Saturday over UNCW. For his performance, he was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.

"Tre's a good player, but we really feel like he's just scratching the surface on how good he can really be," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "He's really aggressive and it was good to see the ball going in the basket for him and that's why down the stretch, I just kept calling plays for him because he was scoring the ball so well.

The Washington, D.C. native played a career-high 19 minutes in VCU's CAA-opening win over the Seahawks, finishing with a career-high 15 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. He finished 6-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-5 from long range.

"We're definitely going to need him at times this year to come in offensively and give us a lift and he can do that in many different ways," Smart added.

For the season, Graham is averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per night in just over 12 minutes a game.

Graham and his teammates are back in action on Tuesday evening when they host the Blazers of UAB in a 7:30 p.m. contest.

The Rams will be vying for a CAA-record tying ninth straight sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.


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