GRAHAM, REDDIC, WEBER AND JOHNSON HONORED BY ATLANTIC 10
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Pro wrestling has their "Four Horsemen" with Ric Flair, Arn & Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
The 2013-14 VCU men's basketball now has their "Four Horsemen" with Treveon Graham, Juvonte Reddic, Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson, all of which were honored with Atlantic 10 yearly awards on Tuesday. Graham earned first team honors, Reddic was named to the second team, Weber won the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and Johnson took home the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Graham finished the year as one of only two players to rank in the top-15 in scoring (15.3 ppg – 13th) and rebounding (7.6 – 7th) in league play. The Temple Hills, Md. native scored in double-figures in 28 of VCU's 31 games. He became the 34th member of VCU's 1,000-point club earlier this season and currently ranks 20th with 1,279 career points.
Reddic earned second team honors for the second consecutive season after finishing second in rebounding during league play with 9.6 boards per game. He's second on the team in scoring with 12.5 ppg and has recorded 11 double-doubles on the year. He is the only player in VCU history to rank in the top-15 in scoring (14th – 1,412) and top-10 in rebounding (3rd – 863), blocks (t-6th – 117) and steals (9th – 156).
Weber took home Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second straight season after leading the league and the country in total steals (111) and steals per game (3.6). His 111 thefts broke the Atlantic 10 single season mark, previously held by UMass' Edgar Padilla from the 1995-96 season in which he racked up 108. In 16 league games, opponents are averaging just 0.84 points per possession when the Chesapeake, Va. native is on the court.
Johnson rounds out the yearly honors, taking home the Sixth Man of the Year award. The sophomore averaged 10.5 points per game, while knocking down a team-high 62 three-pointers. The Bronx, N.Y. native scored in double-figures 17 times, nine of which came during league play. He was a critical part of VCU's bench, which averaged 23.5 points per game, which accounted for over 31 percent of its offense.
The Rams head to Brooklyn, N.Y. this week to compete in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Tournament. VCU will play the winner of seventh-seeded Richmond and 10th-seeded Duquesne on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center. The game will be shown on NBC Sports Network.