VCU Basketball

CBB Rank 2021 moves along with VCU basketball next on the list, ranking at number 82.

After a season where VCU impressed the college basketball world and was robbed of its chance to play in the NCAA Tournament, VCU basketball is looking for revenge. They will have to do so without superstar Bones Hyland, but bring back the rest of their starters and have added key pieces.

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Projected Rotation

PG: Adrian Baldwin Jr. (6-1, 190, So.)

2021 stats: 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.1 steals

Projected stats: 10.3 points, 3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 steals

SG: Marcus Tshonis (6-3, 190, Jr.)

2021 stats: 10.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals

Projected stats: 11.1 points, 2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals

SF: Vince Williams Jr. (6-6, 220, Sr.)

2021 stats: 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1 steal

Projected stats: 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

PF: Levi Stockard III (6-8, 245, Gr.-Sr.)

2021 stats: 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals (Kansas State)

Projected stats: 6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.6 steals

C: Hason Ward (6-9, 210, Jr.)

2021 stats: 6.4 points, 5.1 rebounds 1 assist, 2.3 blocks

Projected stats: 7.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 2.5 blocks

6: Jamir Watkins (6-7, 205, So.)

2021 stats: 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals

Projected stats: 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals

7: Jimmy Nichols Jr. (6-8, 220, Jr.)

2021 stats: 6.1 points, 2.4 rebounds

Projected stats: 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds

8: Josh Banks (6’5, 185, Soph.)

2021 stats: 3.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.3 assists

Projected stats: 7.2 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists

9: Keshawn Curry (6-4, 175, Sr.)

2021 stats: 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals

Projected stats: 6.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals 

10. Mikeal Brown-Jones (6-8, 220, So.)

2021 stats: 2.3 points, 2.1 rebounds

Projected stats: 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds

Team MVP: Vince Williams Jr. 

Williams took a huge jump last year, going from 4 points per game scorer to double digits and second on the team. He improved greatly with a better role on the team, and now as the top guy, we should see this again. With another year of development, Williams could be a contender for A-10 player of the year and serves as a great piece for this Mike Rhodes-led team. 

Make-or-Break Player: Jamir Watkins

Despite being 6th in minutes, Watkins finished 3rd on the team in points as a freshman. This year, he can improve even more on that and even become their top scoring option. If he continues to develop at this expected rate, the sky’s the limit for this guy. Without Bones Hyland, VCU needs a guy who can fill that role of being able to get a bucket when needed, and Watkins can be that guy and keep them at the same level that saw them make the NCAA Tournament last season. 

Bench Rating: 8/10

Whether Coach Rhodes decides to have Watkins or Tshonis as the first man off the bench, each of them could be a top 6th man in the country. They’ve got another talented guy in Josh Banks right under them, who had a decent freshman year and take a leap. Curry or any of their recruits can fill that last role, making this VCU basketball team a deep team that shouldn’t be impacted too much by any missed time by a top player. Nichols is also a great get from Providence and could contend with Stockard for the starting power forward role.

Team Outlook

With four of five starters returning and a talented transfer who took a big jump in Marcus Tshonis, the Rams are looking good this year. They will need a guy to fill in the role that Hyland had, but with a good combination of experience and raw talent, this team can surprise many.

The A-10 is looking challenging this season, with St. Bonaventure being a potential Top-25 team and Dayton (#91 on CBB Rank), UMass, and St Louis all potentially being tournament teams. If they can finish second in the conference like last season, VCU basketball should be a tournament lock, but they have an uphill battle to get there.

Projected Finish: 3rd in Atlantic 10

Projected Postseason Finish: Round of 64 exit

Ceiling: Round of 32 Exit