HIGHLY TOUTED TRIO SIGNS NLI TO JOIN RAMS NEXT SEASON

RICHMOND, Va. – After signing the 14th-ranked recruiting last fall, Head Coach Shaka Smart and the VCU Basketball program continued its momentum with the signing of three players in Rivals' Top-115 nationally.

Tevin Mack (Columbia, S.C./Dreher), Kenny Williams (Richmond, Va./L.C. Bird), and Jordan Murphy (San Antonio, Tex./Brennan) all signed national letters of intent to join the Rams next season.

"We are extremely excited about the addition of three high quality people to our program," Smart said. "This class fits extremely well with our style of play and provides serious scoring punch. It is a highly competitive, versatile group that has an opportunity to make a major impact early at VCU."

Mack's signing (6-6, 205) marks the second straight year the Rams have landed a top-60 prospect. Touted as a potent scorer, Mack averaged 23 points and seven rebounds per game last season, while shooting over 38-percent from long range. He was named State Player of the Year and helped lead Dreher to the third round of the state tournament.

Mack chose VCU after receiving interest from UCONN, Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson.

"Tevin can flat out put the ball in the basket in so many ways. His length, athleticism and feel for the game will allow him to thrive in our style of play," Smart said.

Widely regarded as one of the best shooters in the country, Williams (6-3, 180) brings a versatile skill set that includes a high basketball IQ. Last year for the Skyhawks, Williams averaged 21.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while leading L.C. Bird to a 19-5 mark. For his outstanding play, Williams was named First-Team All-State.

Williams chose the Rams over receiving interest from UNC, Georgetown, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Providence.

"Not only can Kenny shoot the ball at a high level, he also has a terrific understanding of the game. He will excel in the way we play, " Smart said.

Murphy (6-7, 220) is a highly talented forward who adds skill and athleticism to VCU's frontcourt. As a junior at Brennan, he averaged 23.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game en route to a spot on the Texas Basketball Coaches Association All-Region squad.

Murphy chose VCU after receiving interest from UNLV, Creighton, Maryland, Baylor, Texas A&M and Memphis.

"Jordan possesses a unique combination of athleticism and power. His scoring, rebounding and ability to play in transition will translate really well to what we do," Smart said.