NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – In its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the VCU men's basketball team is already piling up the accolades.
Five different Rams were honored as the A-10 released its annual awards on Tuesday afternoon, prior to this weekend's conference tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Junior Juvonte Reddic (pictured, right) and sophomore Treveon Graham (pictured, top left) earned Second Team honors, while sophomore Briante Weber (pictured, bottom left) was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. Weber and senior Darius Theus were recognized on the All-Defensive team, while freshman Melvin Johnson earned All-Rookie honors.
Reddic finished the regular season as the only player in the A-10 to rank in the top-10 in scoring and rebounding in the 16 league games. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native averaged 15.4 points (ninth in the A-10) and 9.2 rebounds (second) to help the Rams to a 12-4 league record. Overall, Reddic averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg, while posting 10 double-doubles.
Graham emerged as a breakout sophomore, leading the Black & Gold in scoring with 15.7 ppg and enters the A-10 Tournament having scored in double-figures in 28 of VCU's 31 games this year. In addition, he has corralled 6.0 rpg, finishing in the top-15 in conference in scoring and rebounding. He is knocking down 46-percent from the field and 37-percent from beyond the arc.
Weber earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league in steals (86) and leading the country in steal percentage (7.76) for the second consecutive season. He is just three thefts away from breaking Rolando Lamb's 28-year-old school record of 88 steals. The Chesapeake, Va. native twice registered games of nine or more steals, including a school record 10 thefts in the season opener against Florida Gulf Coast.
Theus was the Rams' stopper all year long and finished third in the conference with 78 steals and third in the country in steal percentage (5.70). His 78 steals rank third all-time on VCU's single-season chart, while his 230 career thefts sit third all-time in Black & Gold history.
Johnson was the final Ram to earn recognition, earning a spot on the All-Rookie squad. The Bronx, N.Y. native averaged 7.1 ppg, good for fifth on the roster, while shooting 42.5-percent from the field. Six of his 10 double-digit scoring performances came during A-10 play, where he finished the year averaging 10.4 ppg over his last seven games.
The Black & Gold open up play at this weekend's conference tournament on Friday night when they battle the winner of seventh-seeded Xavier and 10th-seeded Saint Joseph's. Tip time on CSN-plus is set for 6:30 p.m.