#5 CALVIN DUNCAN (1981-85)
Calvin Duncan presided over one of the most successful four-year stretches in VCU Basketball history with his rare blend of skills.
Duncan burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 1982-83, averaging 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists to lead the Rams to the second NCAA Tournament bid in school history. Duncan was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Co-Player of the Year, as well as honorable mention All-America.
The following season, Duncan earned his second honorable mention All-America selection while helping the Rams to a 23-7 record and second consecutive NCAA appearance.
In 1984-85, Duncan provided 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists to spark VCU to what was at the time the best season in school history. Behind their senior guard, the Rams charged to a 26-6 record and a No. 11 final ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. That squad captured the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title with an 87-82 win over rival Old Dominion and defeated Marshall in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Even 25 years later, Duncan ranks eighth in school history with 1,630 points. From 1982-85, Duncan’s Rams combined for a 73-20 record, including three NCAA Tournament victories. He was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. Duncan was inducted into the VCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.