Rams reloading, add Jamarii Thomas and Jack Clark through the portal

The portal taketh, but the portal also giveth and VCU added two very key pickups this week with the additions of Jamarii Thomas (Norfolk State) and Jack Clark (Clemson) via the transfer portal. Both names should sound very familiar to Ram fans.

The black and gold first added Clark following a visit on Sunday, a 6'10 forward who started 17 games for a Clemson squad who advanced all the way to the Elite 8. Clark was a bit of a do-it-all glue guy for the Tigers, finishing fourth on the team in BPM at +6.7. Clark spent the first three seasons of his career at La Salle, most recently in 2022 when he averaged a career-high 12 ppg. The Pennsylvania native played the power forward position at Clemson and acted as a bit of a stretch-4, taking more shots from distance than he did inside the arc on the year.

Thomas will be no stranger to the Stu now that he's a Ram. The 6' point guard picked up a win on the Siegel Center floor this past December when leading his Norfolk State Spartans to victory, 63-60. The Greensboro, NC native had a game-highs in both points (17) and assists (5) in the win and absolutely bothered VCU's backcourt all night in the win. Thomas spent one year at NSU after transferring from UNC Wilmington where he began his career. He was this past season's MEAC Player of the Year, averaging 16.9 ppg, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting a lights out 38% from three.

Today marked the last day for any players to enter the portal, meaning all Rams who have not put their name in it look set to return to VCU this upcoming season to join both Thomas and Clark. Joe Bamisile is listed as an entrant into this year's NBA Draft, but told VCURamNation.com in a recent interview that he intends to return to VCU this upcoming season as well.
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