Will Wade added his second commitment of the day in the form of 6’3 Oral Roberts transfer, Korey Billbury.
Billbury was a redshirt junior this past season and is immediately eligible. He averaged 14.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the Golden Eagles last season as a combo guard.
With the graduation of one of VCU’s all-time greats in Treveon Graham, Billbury is ideally placed to fill some of the void left by Graham’s departure as a power guard who scores and really pounds the glass.
Billbury joins a back court that will be one of the better ones in the Atlantic 10 this season.
Coach Wade really knocked this one out of the park from a need and talent standpoint.
VCU’s new coaching staff has hit the ground running and will reportedly look to add another a transfer and a center with the remaining 2 scholarships.
Tyler Harris from Providence College is expected to visit although Auburn is the leader at this point.
6’11 JUCO Center Ahmed Mohamed is a double-double center from Lee College (16.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg) that has been linked with VCU as well along with Wichita State. As Coach Wade recently expressed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
“To be honest, we don’t have enough scholarships for all the kids who want to come right now,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out which players are the best fit. We’ve got a lot of guys who are very, very interested in coming who are very, very good players who will lay it on the line for VCU.”
Wade said he’s looking at some high school players who still are unsigned, graduate transfers with one year of eligibility and junior-college transfers.
“There are some blue-collar kids who will overachieve and will be absolutely thrilled about coming to VCU, and I value that,” he said. “We’ve had some really good players like that in our program. I’m looking for those kinds of kids out of high school.
“I’m certainly looking to plug a hole down low. I feel like we need a little bit of beef down low. We’re going to add some sort of guard as well.
“My staff has done a great job of digging up a lot of options, maybe other kids who were released from other schools.”
Coach Wade has certainly done a great job so far, all things considered. The future is bright for VCU Basketball. A hearty VCU welcome to both Korey Billbury and Gerron Scissum! LET’S GO VCU!