RICHMOND, Va.—College basketball loves the Cinderella stories—the stories of mid-major teams who take on the star teams of the Big Six and come away victorious. This week, CollegeInsider.com took the time to celebrate some of the players who make those stories possible.
One honor was given to junior point guard Darius Theus, as he was named to the 2012 Mid-Major Defensive All-America Team.
Theus adds this honor to an already impressive list that includes being named the CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and being named to the All-CAA Third Team.
The Portsmouth, Va. native took on a leadership role for a team that lost four of their starters coming into the new season. He helped lead the Rams to a nation-leading opponent turnover rate at 27.3, as well as an average of 16.0 steals per game, which helped the squad hold their opponents to 60 points or less 17 times this season.
On the defensive end, he posted 71 steals this season, which ranks in the top four on VCU's single-season steal chart. Combined with freshman Briante Weber's 77 steals on the year, they combined for the most steals of any pair of teammates in the country.
He is joined on the squad by fellow CAA members Eric Buckner, a sophomore from Georgia State, and Jamelle Hagins, a junior from the University of Delaware.