THREE RAMS NAMED TO ALL-ATLANTIC 10 TEAMS

RICHMOND, Va. – Senior guard JeQuan Lewis (Dickson, Tenn.), junior forward Justin Tillman (Detroit, Mich.) and senior forward Mo Alie-Cox (Alexandria, Va.) were named All-Atlantic 10 Teams, the league announced Tuesday, on the eve of the conference tournament.

Lewis was named All-Atlantic 10 First Team after he averaged a career-high 14.7 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals during the regular season. Lewis' 77 three-pointers this season are a personal-best, and his nine treys in a game earlier this season were the most by any VCU player in school history, other than Troy Daniels.
 
The 6-foot-1 point guard has topped 20 points in seven games this season, including a career-high 34 against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 14. Additionally, Lewis broke the 1,000-point threshold for his career. He is currently 19th in program history with 1,368 points.
 
Lewis' citation gives VCU an All-Atlantic 10 First Team nod for the fourth straight year. He joins Melvin Johnson (2016) and Treveon Graham (2014, 2015) in that exclusive club.
 
Tillman was named to the league's Third Team after a breakout regular season. Tillman, who is averaging 12.8 points and 8.4 rebounds overall, has been in overdrive since the start of the conference season. In 18 league games, Tillman has posted nine double-doubles, including five straight at one point. The 6-7 forward is averaging a team-high 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds, while shooting  .602 from the floor, in A-10 play.
 
His nine double-doubles this season are the most by a Ram since Juvonte Reddic produced 11 during the 2013-14 campaign. Tillman, who has also missed six double-doubles by a single rebound, scored at least 20 points in a game four times this year.
 
Meanwhile, Alie-Cox was named to the A-10's All-Defensive Team for the third consecutive year. In addition to his 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season, Alie-Cox has blocked 2.2 shots per game, which ranks second in the league and in the top 40 nationally. Alie-Cox is second all-time at VCU with 252 career blocks. The fifth-year senior has also collected a career-best 27 steals this season.
 
VCU (24-7) and its trio of All-Conference standouts will be the No. 2 seed in Atlantic 10 Championship March 8-12 at PPG Paints Arena. The Rams will receive a bye to Friday's quarterfinal round, where they'll meet either George Mason or Fordham at 6 p.m.
  
2016-17 ALL-ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE AWARDS

Player of the Year: T.J. Cline, Richmond
Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Martin, Rhode Island
Rookie of the Year: De'Monte Buckingham, Richmond
Chris Daniels Most Improved Player: Marquise Moore, George Mason
Sixth Man of the Year: Kyle Davis, Dayton
Coach of the Year: Archie Miller, Dayton

 
All- Conference First Team
Jack Gibbs, Davidson
Scoochie Smith, Dayton
T.J. Cline, Richmond
Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure
JeQuan Lewis, VCU
 
All- Conference Second Team
Peyton Aldridge, Davidson
Charles Cooke, Dayton
Marquise Moore, George Mason
Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington
Hassan Martin, Rhode Island

All- Conference Third Team
Kendall Pollard, Dayton
ShawnDre' Jones, Richmond
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island
Matt Mobley, St. Bonaventure
 
All-Academic Team
Joseph Chartouny, Fordham
Christian Sengfelder, Fordham
Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington
Patrick Steeves, George Washington
Mike Crawford, Saint Louis

All-Defensive Team
Charles Cooke, Dayton
Kyle Davis, Dayton
Yuta Watanabe, George Washington
Hassan Martin, Rhode Island
Mo Alie-Cox, VCU

All-Rookie Team
Mike Lewis II, Duquesne
Isiaha Mike, Duquesne
Jeff Dowtin, Rhode Island
De'Monte Buckingham, Richmond
Charlie Brown, Saint Joseph's
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