RICHMOND, Va. – The Jefferson Hotel has served as the host for a long list of celebrities and plenty of historic events.
On Monday night, it added another event to that list as the VCU men's basketball team held its sixth annual end of the year banquet at the historic venue. The sold-out event commemorated an unforgettable season that saw the Black & Gold reach the school's first-ever Final Four.
"This was a night for everyone involved with our program to truly celebrate the accomplishments of this team," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "It was a tremendous event that really allowed all of us from the players to the coaches to the fans to the support staff to try and reflect what took place over the past six or seven months."
Hosted by ESPN Radio 950's Greg Burton and sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the night started with remarks from VCU President Dr. Michael Rao, as well as Director of Athletics Norwood Teague.
After dinner, Smart took over the microphone and thanked all the past greats at VCU for what they did to allow the Rams to accomplish what they did this year. He continued with some historic records and statistical figures that the Black & Gold reached before diving into the team awards.
With help from his coaching staff, Smart then handed out the team awards with the winners being:
Most Improved – Bradford Burgess
Most Assists – Joey Rodriguez
Leading Rebounder – Jamie Skeen
Ram Strength Award – Brandon Rozzell
Defensive Player of the Year – Ed Nixon
Appreciation Award – Troy Daniels
Havoc Award – Brandon Rozzell
Academic Excellence Award – Juvonte Reddic
Leadership Award – Joey Rodriguez
Most Valuable Player – Jamie Skeen
The evening was wrapped up with a year-end video before pictures, autographs and handshakes were exchanged with everybody in the room.
"It's just one way to thank the best fans in the country for their support all year long," Smart said.