Rams picked third in preseason poll; Johnson, Reddic, Weber receive preseason honors

Atlantic 10 media members voted their preseason honors and the results are in.

VCU, coming off a 29-7 season with a trip into the NCAA’s round of 32 was picked to finish third behind top pick St. Joseph’s and runner up St. Louis. St. Joe’s returns a complete squad from a team that finished 20-14 last season after a first round NIT loss against Northern Iowa. Like VCU, St. Louis returns most of it’s squad from a round of 32 NCAA team. The Billikens went 26-8 before falling by four to top-seeded Michigan State in last year’s tournament.

Three Rams were honored on preseason teams as well. Junior Juvonte Reddic averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds last season, and is expected to carry even more of a load in the paint with the graduation of senior Bradford Burgess. Reddic garnered third team honors after ending last season a third team All-CAA selection.

Briante Weber cracked the all defensive team. Weber was one of the nation’s best last season, averaging more steals per 40 minutes than any player in the nation (4.6). He lead the Rams in steals last season with 77.

Freshman Melvin Johnson may have been a late add for the Rams after he decomitted from the Miami Hurricanes, but he hasn’t wasted time in collecting trophies. The ESPN top-100 shooting guard was VCU’s lone representative on the five-man A-10 All-Rookie team.

1.        Saint Joseph’s (11)
2.        Saint Louis (10)
3.        VCU (3)
4.        Temple (2)
5.        Massachusetts (2)
6.        Butler (2)
7.        La Salle
8.        Dayton
9.        Xavier
10.        Richmond
11.        St. Bonaventure
12.        Charlotte
13.        George Washington
14.        Fordham
15.        Rhode Island
16.        Duquesne

First Team
Kevin Dillard, Dayton
Chris Gaston, Fordham
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Kwamain Mitchell, Saint Louis
Khalif Wyatt, Temple

Second Team
Rotnei Clarke, Butler
Chris Braswell, Charlotte
Ramon Galloway, La Salle
Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph’s
Carl Jones, Saint Joseph’s

Third Team
Darien Brothers, Richmond
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph’s
Halil Kanacevic, Saint Joseph’s
Scootie Randall, Temple
Juvonte Reddic, VCU

Roosevelt Jones, Butler
Pierria Henry, Charlotte
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph’s
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
Briante Weber, VCU

Kellen Dunham, Butler
Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
Daniel Dingle, Temple
Melvin Johnson, VCU
Semaj Christon, Xavier


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 ...