VCU Lands Combo Guard Darius Theus

dariustheus6_10150RICHMOND, Va. – Darius Theus, the 20th-ranked point guard in the country and one of the most diverse talents in the state, according to Scouts Inc., inked a letter of intent to join the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team next season.

Theus is the first official signee by new VCU Head Coach Smaka Smart and his staff.

“I’m extremely excited about the addition of Darius to our team,” Smart said. “He fits very well not only as a player, but more importantly as a person with the other student-athletes in our program.”

A combo guard from Portsmouth, Va. will help fill a void left at the point guard spot after the departure of senior Eric Maynor, VCU’s all-time leader in points and assists.

“On the court, he is a multi-dimensional player that possesses the ability to affect the game with or without the ball in his hands,” Smart added. “Adding Darius addresses a specific need in our program in providing backcourt depth.”

Arguably the top unsigned talent left in the Commonwealth, Theus is a 6-4, 175-pound guard out of I.C. Norcom High School. Averaging 17.2 points, 6.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game for the Greyhounds, Theus earned a spot on the All-Tidewater Second Team the past two seasons.

Regarded as one of the best floor leaders in the class of 2009, Theus has received praise for his ability to think one play ahead of everyone else and is said to have an excellent basketball IQ.

From Scouts Inc.:
“Darius’ decision-making, passing ability and excellent ball skills allow him to play in a variety of late game situations particularly in two man games. With a good balance of confidence and basketball IQ, he rarely plays out of control. He is a good on the ball defender because of his quick hands and his ability to keep smaller guards in front. He

gets a lot of deflections via great anticipation.”

Theus chose VCU after being heavily recruited by PAC-10 power Washington State, Liberty, Duquesne and East Carolina, among others.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.
  • Jason
  • April 20, 2009
I am starting to see why Coach Smart will be a good hire. He obviously followed VCU basketball and knew exactly what he wanted in a player and what VCU needed to help fill the big shoes of Eric.

Not to many coaches are able to get a quality player signed within the first few weeks of being hired.

When Joey opted to transfer I felt we might be a little thin at guard, but now I think Eblen and Theus will push the program even higher.

It also does my heart well knowing Darius could have opted for ODU, closer to home, but choose VCU instead.

Welcome Darius and I look forward to cheering for you over the next 4 years.
  • Alumni 04
  • April 20, 2009
It was a great day Ram Nation. Just got back from Daytona Beach on Sunday 19th. Ran into Coach Smart at the Orlanda Int. Airport on the evening flight back to Richmond....hopefully more Florida recruits in the mix....

Let me know if you wanna see the pic...
  • Alumni 04
  • April 20, 2009
  • Jason
  • April 21, 2009
What the heck let's see the pic.

I would assume he was in Orlando because it is a short drive to Melbounre, Florida. Ironically Florida Air Academy is in Melbourne and happens to have two great basketball players, Ben Eblen (VCU) and Jason West.

Hopefully he was getting West to sign with VCU so that he and Ben could be roommates next year.
  • dre dre deberry
  • January 5, 2010
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  • Denise Theus
  • April 3, 2011
Gooooooooooooo Cousin!!! Hey Dre!! I see you are supporting our cousin too!! Haters fall back