Okereafor inks NLI to join Rams next season


RICHMOND, Va. – Just weeks after Head Coach Shaka Smart guided VCU basketball into NCAA history, he and his staff have brightened the future of the program with the signing of Teddy Okereafor, a 6-4, 185-pound point guard out of Christchurch (Va.) School.

“The addition of Teddy is huge news to our program and vital to our future,” Smart said. “His biggest asset is making his teammates better, which is a trait that all winning players share.”

Originally from London, England, Okereafor came to the Commonwealth last fall to finish his high school career at Christchurch School under the guidance of Head Coach Ben Thompson. Since his arrival, he has become one of the top players in the state and helped his squad to one of its best seasons ever, reaching the state semifinals in March.

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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 ...
  • Kevin
  • April 18, 2011
VCU did a great job as the second best team in the city! Go Spiders!
  • Andrew
  • April 18, 2011
kevin, we'll take the second best team in the city all day for final four. typical spider fan...
  • Ian
  • April 18, 2011
Sorry Kevin but VUU is the 2nd best team in the city, and everyone else here knows you guys aren't #1.
  • McNally
  • April 18, 2011
Kevin...What are you smoking??

Go grab a hold of something real hard and pull your head out of your a$$ because that comment is just plain stupid
Kevin, you must be a student at the following school:
  • Newman
  • April 19, 2011
VCU....the SECOND best mid-major in the state....go Mason!
  • Andrew
  • April 19, 2011

Can you remind me cuz I can't remember what the score was in 2011 CAA semi game
  • Mat
  • April 19, 2011
Kevin, I think bringing in "mid-major" is a bit of a slight to both VCU and Mason (suggests they are both below UVA and VA Tech). Fact is, VCU's 5-game win streak this past NCAA tournament was the most EVER by ANY team in the state. When was the last time one of the state ACC schools made it to the Final 4? So I think the arguement should be kept at just "best in the state...period", and as much as I hate to say it, ODU has to be included in that conversation as well. However, overall wins over the last 5 years WITH the CAA Titles and WITH the Final 4, I think gives VCU the crown at this point. You could also throw in the back-to-back 1st-round draft picks (only time that's ever happened to a state school), with Skeen projected to get drafted as well, only adds to that.
  • frojunk
  • April 21, 2011
School spirit is great, and it makes sense to believe your school is better than the other state schools, especially. As far as men's basketball in Virginia, bottom line as always is, "what has your school done on the national stage lately"? No contest this year! The NCAA Tournament is the biggest and best post-season tournament, and VCU tore it up this year while making huge history in the process. End of discussion. VCU has the best men's basketball program based on this alone, and on what they have achieved over the past 6 or 7 seasons. Now, throw in thier coach and new found fame / respect and I wouldn't want to try and make an agruement that so and so state school is better - because you would simply look stupid!