Two ESPN 4-star recruits headline VCU’s crop of newcomers next season

Have you wondered who VCU will be adding this fall to replace Darius Theus, Troy Daniels, and David Hinton? Well wonder no more!


Here’s an exhaustive look at the 6 newcomers who are joining the VCU basketball program next year. The present for VCU basketball is bright, and the future looks blinding!


PG JeQuan Lewis (6’1, 175): Committed February 8th, 2012

Dickson County H.S./Tennessee Tigers AAU


 Senior season averages: 24.9 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.4 spg

Offers: Georgia, Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Austin Peay

ESPN: 4-stars (80 grade, #7 overall in Tennessee (top 6 are ESPN100 recruits))

Scout/FoxSportsNext: 3-stars, #29 PG

Rivals: 3-stars


PG/SG Jairus Lyles (6’0, 170): Committed July 1st, 2012

DeMatha H.S./Team Takeover AAU


(Lyles’ highlights at 1:48)

Senior season averages: 12.7 ppg

Offers: Oklahoma State

ESPN: 3-stars (74 grade, #6 overall in Maryland (top 4 are ESPN100 recruits))

Scout/FoxSportsNext: 3-stars, #28 SG

Rivals: 3-stars


PF/C Antravious Simmons (6’9, 240): Committed September 1st, 2012

South Miami H.S./Team Breakdown AAU


Senior season averages: 13.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg

Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas State, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, South Florida, Temple, Central Florida, Murray State

ESPN: 2 stars (66 grade)

Scout/FoxSportsNext: 3-stars, #27 C

Rivals: 3-stars


SG Douglas Brooks (6’3, 178): Committed April 2nd, 2013

Lake Wales H.S./ Each 1 Teach 1 Elite AAU


Senior season averages: 16 ppg, 3.5 apg, 5 spg

Offers: South Carolina, South Florida, Illinois State, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic, Boston University

ESPN: 3-stars (76 grade, #11 in Florida)

Scout/FoxSportsNext: 3-stars

Rivals: 3-stars


That’s a pretty good-looking class in my opinion. It gets downright scary to think that we’re adding an ESPN100 player in Jordan Burgess and a 6’6, 240 high-flyer with a 7’1 wingspan in Mo Ali-Cox from the 2012 class to the above.

2012 recruiting class members that become eligible this season (ruled ineligible for ’12-’13)


SF Jordan Burgess (6’4, 215): Committed June 9th, 2011

Benedictine Prep/East Coast Fusion and Boo Williams AAU


Senior Season Averages: 17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, +40% from 3

Offers: George Mason, heavy interest from ODU, UR, Penn State, St. Joseph’s

ESPN: 4-stars (92 grade, #96 in ESPN 100, #3 in Virginia)

Scout/FoxSportsNext: 4-stars, #22 SF

Rivals: 4-stars (#101 in Rivals150, #21 SF)


PF Mo Alie-Cox (6’6, 260): Committed May 26th, 2011

Middleburg Academy/ Fairfax Stars AAU


Senior season averages: 14.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.7 bpg

Offers: Nevada, Delaware, Mt. St. Mary’s, George Mason (Larranaga’s staff)

ESPN: 2-stars (86 grade, #16 in Virginia)

Scout/FoxSportsNext: NR

Rivals: 2 stars


Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.