A quick look at VCU’s 2019 freshman class

VCU’s 2019 recruiting class ranks 52nd nationally (by and is one of the top in the Atlantic 10, second to UMass. This is without a doubt VCU head coach Mike Rhoades’ best recruiting class in his 3 years with the Rams. His late signing of Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland tipped the scales, landing Rhoades one of VCU’s highest-ever ranked recruits (behind Terry Larrier, De’Riante Jenkins).

These commits are now officially Rams, on campus, taking classes and working out at the BDC. There are 5 newcomers this season – here’s a look at VCU’s incoming freshman class.

Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland

Bones was a very late commit for the 2019 class, signing his letter of intent on June 4th. He was considered the best available guard on the market when he committed to VCU. He’s a 6’3 consensus top-100 (ranked 60th by from Delaware. In his senior year of HS, he averaged 26.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 steals. This spring in AAU he averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds. He is expected to back up senior PG Marcus Evans, and should see decent minutes with the departure of P.J. Byrd. His Instagram account is great entertainment for those with a prying eye, you can follow him here:

Jarren McAllister

From everything I’ve heard and seen, Jarren McAllister is a beast. He’s a 6’4, 165 lb wing from Wake Forest, NC who can be difficult to keep out of the lane, think Treveon Graham / Vince Williams. He’s very athletic, and aggressive defensively. According to Coach Rhoades “he is a super athletic player who can make plays for us on both ends of the court. Jarren’s work ethic is at such a high level.” As soon as he decommitted from Virginia Tech in July of 2018, he became a high priority VCU recruit.

Hason Ward

Hason is a 6’9, 200 lbs PF from Springfield, MA. He was another late commit, signing with the Rams in May of this year, less than a month after the departure of Sean Mobley. Hason chose VCU over offers from Rutgers, Georgia, and UMass. He’s lengthy, and a hyper-athletic shot-blocker. In his junior year at Springfield Central, he blocked 22 shots in one game. In his senior year he averaged 10.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.2. blocks. He’ll be working the post with fellow Massachusetts native Marcus Santos-Silva, and another shot-blocker in Corey Douglas.

Tre Clark

Tre is a 6’3 combo guard from Covington, GA who flew under the radar until a breakout showing at the Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic last December. In that tournament, he averaged 27 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, including a 32 point game. In his senior season at Newton High, he average 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and nearly 3 steals.

Arnold Henderson

You may know that last name. Preferred walk-on Arnold Henderson joins the VCU roster as the nephew of VCU legend Gerald Henderson. “I’ve loved VCU my whole life, and I can’t wait to start working hard. It’s my dream school and I love VCU.” Arnold is a Richmond native, finished his HS career at St. Christophers.


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