WHO ARE: RAM NATION TBT 2017

 

Quick Hits

Bid: Popularity

Notable Players: Eric Maynor, Reggie Williams, Romeo Travis

Number of Active Pros: 12

TBT History: Lost in Super 16 in 2016 to Overseas Elite.

Nutshell: Brought a really big fan following to the 2016 tournament. Many players on the roster - as well as Ram Nation coaches Joey Rodriguez and Bradford Burgess - from VCU's 2011 Final Four team. Romeo Travis, LeBron James' childhood friend, is a new addition.

What to know

  • After making the Super 16 last summer, Ram Nation is back for another shot at $2 million in TBT 2017.
  • Five-year NBA veteran Eric Maynor joins Ram Nation this summer.
  • The team features four players (Denzel Bowles, James Madison; Romeo Travis, Akron; Reggie Williams, VMI and Dion Wright, St. Bonaventure) who did not play their college ball at VCU. 

How they Fared in TBT 2016

Super 16: Kennedy, Fogg hold off late Ram Nation rally to send Overseas Elite to quarterfinals

Overseas Elite improved to 10-0 all time with the win over the VCU alumni squad. After jumping out to a 42-34 halftime lead, Ram Nation came roaring back in the second half, knotting the game up with just minutes to play. From there, DJ Kennedy (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Kyle Fogg (19 points) did what Overseas Elite does best, close the game out and secure the win. Ram Nation was paced by 21 points from Darius Theus and 18 from B.A. Walker.

 

Round 2: Theus shines as Ram Nation rolls past Kings of the South

Ram Nation used white hot shooting in the second half to pull away from Kings of the South and coast to a 102-76 victory on Sunday in Charlotte. The team of Virginia Commonwealth University hoops alumni launched 21 3-pointers in the first half, but made only six and led by just five points at the break. A clear emphasis on attacking the hoop helped them outscore Kings of the South, 59-38, in the second period. Darius Theus headed the offense for Ram Nation, scoring 27 points and making 11-of-14 free throws. Courtney Pigram and Markeith Cummins combined for 51 points for Kings of the South.

 

Round 1: Burgess fuels Ram Nation comeback over NC Prodigal Sons

Led by 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate Bradford Burgess, who scored 24 points, Ram Nation erased a 15-point halftime deficit to beat NC Prodigal Sons, 85-80. Ram Nation, a team fielded by VCU hoops alumni, deployed the full-court press strategy, coined the Havoc system, popularized by former coach Shaka Smart, who now coaches at Texas. Al'lonso Coleman scored 14 points and snared eight rebounds for the Prodigal Sons––both team highs. Brandon Rozzell drained five 3-pointers for Ram Nation and finished with 22 points.

 

New in 2017

  • Denzel Bowles - Texas A&M (2009), James Madison (2011); Bayamon (Puerto Rico)
  • Jordan Burgess - VCU (2017)
  • Juvonte Reddic - VCU (2014), Kolossos HH (Greece)
  • Eric Maynor - VCU (2009),  Openjobmetis (Italy)
  • Jamal Shuler - VCU (2008), Monaco (France)
  • Romeo Travis - Akron (2007), Strasbourg (France)
  • Dion Wright - St. Bonaventure (2016), Sendai 89ers (Japan)

 

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