RICHMOND, Va. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ As the weather heats up around the country, so does the off-season for the Virginia Commonwealth University menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball team.
Head Coach Shaka Smart announced two changes that will affect the Black & GoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s roster for the upcoming 2009-2010 season with the return of junior guard Joey Rodriguez (Oviedo, Fla.) and the departure of redshirt junior Franck Ndongo (Yaounde, Cameroon).
Rodriguez, who had announced plans of transferring to Rollins College in Florida, will return to give the Rams valuable depth at the point guard position for next year.
The quick and tenacious defender has seen action in all of VCUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 66 games over the past two seasons, getting the starting nod in 49 of those contests.
Last year, he led the Colonial Athletic Association with a 41.6% shooting percentage from beyond the arc and finished the year averaging 9.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Black & Gold.
Ndongo sat out the 2008-2009 campaign due to a torn ACL. The 6-7 forward played two seasons with the Rams, averaging 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per outing.