July 23, 2013

THEUS INKS CONTRACT TO JOIN ARIS LEEUWARDEN IN HOLLAND

LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands – For four years, Darius Theus dazzled the VCU basketball faithful, while his dad, Ralph, grew famous in the stands for his "#10 is my son" sign. Hopefully the sign can count as a carry on.

It will need to be at least now that Theus is headed overseas after inking a contract to play professionally with Aris Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.

"I feel extremely humbled and blessed to be able to play the game I love and still be able to provide for my family," Theus said. "I wouldn't have been given this opportunity without the support and hard work of my family, teammates and coaches. I can't wait to get over there and show them what VCU basketball is all about."

The Portsmouth, Va. native was the leader and point guard for the Black & Gold for the past two seasons. He is one of only four Rams to finish their careers with over 700 points (760), 400 assists (462), 200 steals (237) and 200 rebounds (235). The other three are Rolando Lamb, Edmund Sherrod and Joey Rodriguez.

He earned Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team honors this past season after recording 85 steals, the third-most in VCU history. In addition, he was named to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American team. Theus helped the Rams lead the country in total steals (422), steals per game (11.7) and turnovers forced (19.7).

Theus, who is expected to join Aris becomes the ninth former Ram to graduate and sign a professional contract under Head Coach Shaka Smart and his staff. 

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