Greatest VCU Team of All-Time?

GOATVCU’s 06-07 squad arguably put the Rams on the national map, even with a plethora of talented early 80s squads.

Eric Maynor’s “dagger” against the Duke Blue Devils with 1.8 seconds made him an instant celebrity, and insured the presence of multiple NBA scouts in Richmond for the remaining two years of his career at VCU.

The Rams proved the win was no fluke by taking 3rd-seeded Pitt Panthers to overtime before their dream season came to an end.

But was the team lead by seniors B.A. Walker, Jesse Pellot-Rosa, and breakout sophomore Eric Maynor the best to ever dawn the Black-and-Gold?

That squad was arguably made up of the most talented backcourt the Rams have ever seen.  The aforementioned Walker and Pellot-Rosa were talented seniors, both of who scored over 1,000 career points at VCU, appearing in their second NCAA tournament since taking a Chris Paul lead Wake Forest team to the brink just three years prior.  Both started in each game.

Waiting in the wings was fellow 1,000 point scorer, Jamal Shuler.

The athletic and lengthy shooting guard scored 14 points against the Blue Devils, hitting 4-of-5 three point attempts in the win.  Shuler continued his breakout postseason hitting both of his three point attempts in a 12-point bench contribution against the Pitt Panthers the following game.

Maynor really needs no introduction.

The all-time leader in both points and assists at VCU, Eric parlayed a dominant CAA career into the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and become VCU’s first ever 1st-round selection.

His NBA career is off to a good start, contributing valuable minutes off the bench to the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded by the Utah Jazz.  Eric’s 3.13 assist to turnover ratio was the 9th best in the league his rookie season, and recently posted 13 points off the bench in a 110-89 playoff win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 28 wins that season were the most ever for any VCU team.

But could that team have hung with the 84-85 Rams?

The J.D. Barnett-coached team were eventually ranked 11th in the country, and entered a 32-team NCAA tournament as a 2-seed.

The classic Rams were lead by fellow VCU greats Calvin Duncan, Rolando Lamb, and Mike Schlegel.

Lamb averaged 27.5 points that NCAA tournament, and appeared in 6 NCAA tournament games at VCU.  He would later be drafted by the Seattle Supersonics with the 53rd pick in the 1985 draft.

Duncan, no stranger to VCU fans as he’s still a fixture in the community and at VCU home games, has a jersey hanging beside the only three other Rams to ever have their jersey retired (Maynor, Kendrick Warren, and Gerald Henderson), and is one of VCU’s top-5 leading scorers at all time, posting 1,616 career points at VCU.

As one of VCU’s most versatile scorers, Duncan was drafted with the 30th pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.  He would eventually give up the NBA lifestyle to follow his true calling as a dedicated christian, playing for Athletes in Action before starting a career as a minister back in Richmond, VA.

The third leader of that squad may be the ultimate edge the 84-85 Rams have over the ’07 edition, a dominant big man.

6’8 Mike Schlegel was also drafted by an NBA team, but with the 96th pick (non-existant in today’s draft) by the New York Knicks.  Schlegel could score at a high percentage, hitting over 57 percent of his baskets that year, giving the 84-85 Rams an advantage in the paint over the Maynor-lead squad.  With Schlegel in the paint, the Rams won NCAA tournament games in three consecutive years before being eliminated in the second round.

Join the discussion in our forum and let us know which VCU team YOU think is the best to ever wear the Black-and-Gold.

A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...
  • 1st Ram
  • June 23, 2010
When you consider outstanding VCU teams the first one should be the 2nd year team of late Coach Dana Kirk. The players were Gerald Henderson, Lorenzo Watson, Danny Kottak, Edmund Sherod and Penny Elliott. Another team to consider though not as recogized would be a Mike Pollio coached group that lost in the the finals of the Sun Belt tournament held in Richmond and went to the 3rd round of the NIT. That group included Phil Stinnie, Chris Cheeks, Vince Wilson, John Thompson and Martin Henlan.

The teams mentioned in your article all are outstanding but these should not be forgotten either.

Go Rams!
  • a fan
  • May 12, 2011
Any of the 80-85 teams.Edmond Sherod, Kenny Stancel, Monty Knight, Fred Brown, Randy Corker, Calvin Duncan, Rolando Lamb, Mike Schelegal. 7 of these are 19 of the overall VCU NBA draftees. Randy Corker had the talent but didnt get the opportunity to be on the floor like he should have.JD Barnett head coach, Tuby Smith and Dave Hobbs assistant coaches. These are serious names in the success of VCU Basketball history and rarely mentioned thats a shame. It is the winningest history and a time when VCU was always in the NCAAs and sadly 3 or 4 of those years lost by 2 or less 3 times to go to the sweet 16 to the team that reached the final four.