RICHMOND, Va.- For the first time in VCU basketball history, the Rams reached four straight NCAA Tournaments with their at-large berth into the 2014 tournament.
Despite losing two starters from last year's squad, the future looks bright for the Black & Gold with the incoming class rated 14th in the country by ESPN.com, the first-ever top-15 recruiting class at VCU. The Rams have signed four prospects for the upcoming season, three of which are consensus four-star recruits.
The highest touted recruit landed by Shaka Smart is combo-forward Terry Larrier. An explosive athlete with an all-around game, Larrier chose VCU over national champion UConn. His upside is tremendous, as he averaged over 20 points and 6 rebounds per game as a senior.
At 6'9," Mike Gilmore chose VCU over Miami (FL) and Kansas State. A terrific athlete, Gilmore can elevate to block shots and score in transition like a wing player. He averaged over 6 points and nearly 5 rebounds per game playing on an AAU team crowded with high level recruits.
Also at the power forward position is Justin Tillman. Like Larrier and Gilmore, Tillman is a great athlete who can finish above the rim and block shots.Tillman shows a good shooting touch out to mid-range, and a tenacity to attack the glass. He averaged over 23 points and 16 rebounds per game as a senior in Detroit.
Finally, VCU adds point guard Jonathan Williams to the 2014 class. At 5'11," Williams is exceptionally quick, using his elusiveness to get into the lane to make plays for himself and others. He averaged over 11 points per game as a senior.