January 2, 2012

WEBER EARNS CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS

RICHMOND, Va. – There are certain players in all sports that are just fun to watch play. The excitement and energy they bring to every game is contagious.

For VCU men's basketball, freshman Briante Weber is one of those players and last Thursday was just one example of how the youngster can affect a game.

The Chesapeake, Va. native posted 11 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists in VCU's thrilling 76-75 overtime victory at Akron. For his performance, Weber was named CAA Rookie of the Week on Monday morning.

"Like a lot of our young guys, I really think Bri is just scratching the surface of how good he can be," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "He is just such a dynamic force on the defensive end and really defines our HAVOC style of play with the way he pressures the ball."

The five steals pushed Weber into the top spot in the steal percentage category in the country. While Weber is on the court, 7.35% of VCU's defensive possessions end in a steal for him. He also leads the country with 4.9 steals per 40 minutes.

On the year, he is averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.7 assists per game for the Rams. He is shooting 46% from the field and 87.5% from the charity stripe.

Weber is now the fourth Ram in the past five weeks to earn a CAA weekly award. Bradford Burgess was named CAA Player of the Week (12/5), Treveon Graham was named CAA Rookie of the Week (12/19) and Juvonte Reddic was named CAA Player of the Week (12/26).

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