BOSTON, Mass. – Earlier this month, senior Briante Weber made Atlantic 10 history when he was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season.
Weber continued making history as he became the first player in program history to be named a Defensive All-American on two occasions. The Chesapeake, Va. native is also a finalist for the Lefty Driesell national Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.
"With everything that happened this year, it's truly humbling to be included in this honor," Weber said. "My teammates and coaches continually pushed me to take my game to the next level and this honor is because of them."
Despite suffering a season-ending injury on Jan. 31st, Weber finished third all-time in NCAA history with 374 career steals. Prior to his time at VCU, the program record for steals was held by Rolando Lamb for 29 years. Weber shattered that record of 257, surpassing Lamb by 117 thefts.
He is the only player in NCAA history to lead the country in steal percentage (% of defensive possessions that he's on the floor and gets a steal) for all four years of his career.
24 other players were honored as part of the Defensive All-American squad. That list includes Karl-Anthony Towns, (Kentucky), Darion Atkins (Virginia), Gary Bell Jr. (Gonzaga), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Willie Cauley-Stien (Kentucky), Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse), Kyle Collinsworth (BYU), Tekele Cotton (Wichita State), Demarcus Daniels (North Florida), Nnanna Egwu (Illinois), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Jelani Hewitt (Georgia Southern), Anthony Hickey (Oklahoma State), Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Reggie Lynch (Illinois State), T.J. McConnell (Arizona), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Shonn Miller (Cornell), Larry Nance (Wyoming), Josh Richardson (Tennessee), Richard Ross (Old Dominion), Justin Tuoyo (Chattanooga), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), Julian Washburn (UTEP) and Jay Wright (Louisiana-Lafayette).
The winner of the 2015 Driesell award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.