BURGESS LEADS FOUR RAMS ON ALL-CAA SQUADS

RICHMOND, Va. – All year long, various members of the VCU basketball team talked about how every guy on the roster could step up and be the star on any given night.

On Thursday night at the annual CAA banquet, the Rams exhibited that once again with four different players taking All-CAA accolades, the highest total from any team. Leading the way was senior Bradford Burgess, who earned a spot on the All-CAA First Team. Sophomore Juvonte Reddic and junior Darius Theus were named to the All-CAA Third Team, while freshman Briante Weber was a member of the CAA All-Defensive Team.

Burgess led the Rams in scoring with 13.5 points per game and was the team's second-leading rebounder (5.2 rpg). With 31 points on Senior Night, the Midlothian, Va. native became just the third VCU player in school history with more than 1,600 points and 700 rebounds in a career.

He's just two starts away from becoming the Iron Man of College Basketball as he enters the CAA Tournament with 141 consecutive starts. Two starts would push him past the all-time leader, Patrick Ewing.

Reddic was a load in conference play, ranking in the top-15 in scoring (11.9), rebounding (7.5) and shooting percentage (50.3) in the 18 CAA games. He finished the year as the Black & Gold's leading rebounder, pulling down 7.0 boards per night, as well as chipping in 10.8 points and shooting 51.9% from the field.

The Winston-Salem, N.C. native finished the regular season with six double-doubles, five of which came in conference play.

Theus was the man running the show, averaging 8.6 points and 4.7 assists per game for the Rams. The Portsmouth, Va. native enters the CAA Tournament ranked second in the league in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). In 18 conference games, Theus' assist-to-turnover ratio was an extremely efficient 2.8.

He served the role of "Mr. Clutch" on several occasions, including game-winning layups at Akron (12/29) and against William & Mary (1/19). He made critical plays down the stretch in a 68-64 road win at Old Dominion, as well as coming up with the game-winning steal in a 63-59 victory at UNCW.

Wrapping up the All-CAA honorees was the freshman Weber, who leads the country in steal percentage, grabbing a steal on 7.03% of his defensive possessions. He finished the regular season with a league-leading 71 steals, which already ranks third on the single-season chart at VCU. The Chesapeake, Va. native tallied four or more steals 10 times this year.

The quartet leads the Rams into this weekend's CAA Tournament as the second seed. VCU will take on the winner of seventh-seeded Northeastern and 10th-seeded William & Mary on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum.

 

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