October 4, 2012

RAMS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL; REDDIC, WEBER, JOHNSON RECOGNIZED ON PRESEASON SQUADS

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Practice may not start for another eight days, but that didn't stop the Atlantic 10 Conference's coaches and media from looking into their crystal balls.

Thursday, at the league's annual men's basketball media day at the brand new Barclays Center, the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll was released to a crowd of nearly 100 media members. VCU was picked third by the coaches and media. Junior Juvonte Reddic, sophomore Briante Weber and freshman Melvin Johnson were all recognized with spots on preseason A-10 teams.

Ahead of the Rams in the poll were the preseason favorite, Saint Joseph's, and the highly-touted Billikens of Saint Louis. Temple fell right behind VCU in fourth, followed by UMASS, Butler, La Salle and Dayton. Perennial NCAA Tournament team, Xavier, was slotted ninth, followed by Richmond and the reigning A-10 champs, Saint Bonaventure.

VCU returns more than 84 percent of its minutes, 85 percent of its rebounding and 80 percent of its scoring from last year's squad that set a school record with 29 wins en route to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Over the past three years, the Rams 84 victories are the eighth most in the country.

Reddic earned a spot on the Preseason A-10 Third Team after posting 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds during his sophomore campaign. He led last year's squad in field-goal percentage (.514) and blocks (44), while ranking third in steals (47). He posted six double-doubles last year, along with 17 double-figure scoring nights. Twice, Reddic scored 20-plus, including a career-high 28 points in a home win over William & Mary.

Weber was recognized as a member of the Preseason A-10 All-Defensive team after leading the country last year in steals per 40 minutes (4.6). The Chesapeake, Va. native led last year's team with 77 steals, the second-most in school history. Weber's 7.01 steal percentage led the entire country was the highest percentage posted in all of college basketball in the last nine seasons.

Johnson was honored as a member of the Preseason A-10 All-Rookie Team. The Bronx, N.Y. native is believed to be the highest-rated recruit in VCU history. A consensus top-100 guard out of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. who earned a four-star rating by every major recruiting service. As a senior, he helped lead St. Benedict's to a 35-3 record and a top-20 ranking by USA Today. During that year, he averaged 20.8 points and knocked down 82 three-point field goals.

Poll

  1. Saint Joseph's (11)
  2. Saint Louis (10)
  3. VCU (3)
  4. Temple (2)
  5. Massachusetts (2)
  6. Butler (2)
  7. La Salle
  8. Dayton
  9. Xavier
  10. Richmond
  11. St. Bonaventure
  12. Charlotte
  13. George Washington
  14. Fordham
  15. Rhode Island
  16. Duquesne

First Team

Kevin Dillard, Dayton
Chris Gaston, Fordham
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Kwamain Mitchell, Saint Louis
Khalif Wyatt, Temple

Second Team

Rotnei Clarke, Butler
Chris Braswell, Charlotte
Ramon Galloway, La Salle
Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph's
Carl Jones, Saint Joseph's

Third Team

Darien Brothers, Richmond
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph's
Halil Kanacevic, Saint Joseph's
Scootie Randall, Temple
Juvonte Reddic, VCU

All-Defensive

Roosevelt Jones, Butler
Pierria Henry, Charlotte
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph's
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
Briante Weber, VCU

All-Rookie

Kellen Dunham, Butler
Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
Daniel Dingle, Temple
Melvin Johnson, VCU
Semaj Christon, Xavier

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