2013 VCU grad Troy Daniels had a decision to make. The Rams sharpshooter could either take the lucrative money that came with a European contract following his time on Broad St. or opt for a fraction of that pay and a direct line to the NBA with a team’s D-League affiliate. Daniels went for door No.2 and after quickly setting a D-League three-point record, found himself called up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the Houston Rockets just in time to win an NBA playoff game. He’s now living out his dream with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets just three hours from his childhood home in Roanoke, VA.
Three former teammates of Daniels, Briante Weber, Juvonte Reddic and Treveon Graham, will hope to follow suit of their former teammate.
Reddic graduated the season after Daniels and did a quick stint overseas before returning home to Richmond, then almost immediately landed a D-League assignment with the Canton Charge, the Developmental League affiliate of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
It took the former Rams big some time to find his groove, but it seems he’s done just that this month. Reddic is averaging 15 points and just over 8 rebounds this February and posted his first two D-League double-doubles in two of his last three games.
Reddic’s former point guard, Briante Weber, has exploded onto the scene himself and could find himself on the Miami Heat sooner rather than later.
Weber saw his college career cut short with an ACL and MCL tear during A-10 play just over a year ago but battled back and rehabbed himself into a spot with the Miami Heat affiliate, the Souix Falls Skyforce.
Weber missed the first two months of play as a part of his recovery process but after a half of a month of warmup time appears back to his havoc-wreaking self.
The 6’2 point guard just dropped his first professional triple-double, making headlines with a 11-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist performance Tuesday night, then came up just an assist shy of another triple-double the following game and has been a key piece in Souix Falls’ seven-game winning streak. Weber has scored in double-digits in nine of the Skyforce’s last 13 games and his averaging 18.3 points, 9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.5 steals over his last four contests.
“He’s quick. He’s cat quick,” Heat Assistant General Manager Adam Simon, who also serves as general manager of the Skyforce told the Sun Sentinel. “He’s not favoring [the knee] at all and is able to play like his old self. Just now he’s getting more confidence, which is good.”
Weber is currently able to sign with any NBA team so don’t be surprised to hear big news on him sooner rather than later.
Weber’s partner-in-crime at VCU, Treveon Graham, will hope to do the same.
Graham is averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds with his D-League team, the Idaho Stampede. The Freight Train has seen his minutes dip somewhat this February, down to 26.1 per contest, but has made those minutes count, hitting 43.3% of his three-point attempts this month and 48.4% of all field goals. Both numbers are up from his career D-League averages of 34.4% from three and 43.5% overall.
All three of the former Rams are just scratching the surface of their professional careers but all appear to be on the right track in their quest toward joining Daniels and expanding VCU’s presence in the pros.