6'11 3/4" Darrell "DJ" Haley is in the House!

Welcome DJ - glad you are indeed a VCU Ram!

I look forward to seeing a DJ Haley Banner from the rafters of the Siegal Center.

VCUBeatsduke
 
VCUBeatsduke said:
Welcome DJ - glad you are indeed a VCU Ram!

I look forward to seeing a DJ Haley Banner from the rafters of the Siegal Center.

VCUBeatsduke

The good thing about recruiting 7 footers is that they can hang their own banners. Can't wait to see him in action.
 
Here is wishing DJ Haley four years of academic and athletic excellence; the Ram community is grateful that you picked VCU and stood by your commitment. Do your thing brother!
 
Welcome to VCU, DJ. May you be successful in both the classroom and the court. You have made a wise decision to come to VCU. We are all proud to be a Ram.
 
vcubballfan1 said:
Juvonte Reddic is also on campus now and had his first workout yesterday

Awesome. I hope they enjoy the VCU campus and Richmond.
 
Who knows, with any certainty, about true heights; keep in mind, Larry Sanders went from 6-9 to 6-11 while at VCU, when it turns out 6-9 was the correct length all along.

Still, based on "listed" heights, here are the only VCU alumni with longer dimensions than Haley's Comet:

Antoine Ford, 7-0, 1988-89

Konstantin Pepeliaev, 7-1, 1990-93

Denis Orlov, 7-1, 2000-02

Then there was the bizarre case of Charlie Nicholas, who was probably an inch or two over 7-foot, though nothing was ever official. Nicholas scored a grand total of 2 points in his "career" at J.R. Tucker High School under coach Ralph Crockett.

Coach Chuck Noe spotted him (or was told about him) as a Colisem vendor, selling popcorn and cotton candy. There was some effort to get Nicholas into VCU (as the ultimate late bloomer), but there were just too many hurdles (mostly academic).

Charlie wound up signing to play at the University of Baltimore but to my knowledge never took the court for the Bees. Sometimes I wonder where Charlie might be today ... a heck of a nice guy - I'll tell you that.
 
'horn, As charitably as I can say it, Charlie was athletically challenged. He became a fixture for years hawking concessions at Parker Field and then the Diamond. Not having been in a few years I don't know if he still is.
 
Did Matt Treadwell clear 7 feet, or was he a meer 6'11"?
 
I saw Haley on campus and this guy is HUGE! Larry is really tall in person but this guy has at least 2-3 inches on him. I can't wait to see him take the floor! He's not as long as Larry but he definitely looks like he's got at least a 7 foot one.
 
bighorn said:
Who knows, with any certainty, about true heights; keep in mind, Larry Sanders went from 6-9 to 6-11 while at VCU, when it turns out 6-9 was the correct length all along.

Still, based on "listed" heights, here are the only VCU alumni with longer dimensions than Haley's Comet:

Antoine Ford, 7-0, 1988-89

Konstantin Pepeliaev, 7-1, 1990-93

Denis Orlov, 7-1, 2000-02

Then there was the bizarre case of Charlie Nicholas, who was probably an inch or two over 7-foot, though nothing was ever official. Nicholas scored a grand total of 2 points in his "career" at J.R. Tucker High School under coach Ralph Crockett.

Coach Chuck Noe spotted him (or was told about him) as a Colisem vendor, selling popcorn and cotton candy. There was some effort to get Nicholas into VCU (as the ultimate late bloomer), but there were just too many hurdles (mostly academic).

Charlie wound up signing to play at the University of Baltimore but to my knowledge never took the court for the Bees. Sometimes I wonder where Charlie might be today ... a heck of a nice guy - I'll tell you that.


Big Horn thanks for the blast from the past. I remember Charlie, he was really a heck of a nice guy. I was a teenager but he told me once that he was the tallest man on the east coast. I dont think he was trying to pull my leg. He did tell me that he wasnt very good a basketball but he liked the game.

As to coach Crockett a super nice guy, a great mentor, and a great coach. He would really do what was best for his players.

Coach C was a very nice man. I attended a rival school in the county and when I went to JR Tucker to work out he treated just the same as his guys.
 
Matt Treadwell was listed at 6'11". His story was really sad, he first had to endure Polio, and was injured to the point that he couldnt play any longer. I remember how excited Chris Cheeks was when Matt signed with VCU. Chris stated that this kid with work, although skinny, could make it in the NBA. Chris was also excited about Treadwell's parents main concern being education not basketball.

For the record, VCU had a pretty good record with big men in the 90's. Treadwell, LF, Jackson( XFR to Temple and off to NBA), Reggie Okasa, Shawn Hampton, were guys who were true big men and actually very good.

Until we got Larry we were back to undersized big guys doing good jobs.
 
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