Monday, July 6, 2015

Comings and Goings Part VIII: VCU

Prom queen and new Ram Sandra Skinner
We continue to take a look at the Comings and goings from our state teams. Our latest installment: Virginia Commonwealth.

The others we've written about so far:

Comings and Goings: Old Dominion
Comings and Goings: Richmond
Comings and Goings: George Mason
Comings and Goings: Virginia
Comings and Goings: Virginia Tech
Comings and Goings: William and Mary
Comings and Goings: James Madison

Who's going

Brittani Burgess, G/F; 1.2 ppg; transferred to Maryland-Baltimore County
Briana DuBose, 5-10 G/F; 1.1 ppg; transferred to American
Monnazjea Finney-Smith: 6-1 G, 9 starts last season, averaged 5.6 ppg; transferred to Hampton
Rob Norris: Beth O'Boyle's assistant is now an assistant at Georgia Tech

The three Marlene Stollings recruits hope to find playing time elsewhere. Finney-Smith (5.4 ppg) was a significant contributor. Burgess and DuBose were never able to find meaningful minutes under Beth O'Boyle, who took over at VCU in April 2014 after Stollings left for Minnesota.

Who's coming

Bria Gibson: 6-1 F, Raleigh, N.C. (Sanderson High), 19 ppg
Sandra Skinner, 6-0 F, Winchester, Ky. (George Rogers Clark High), all-state in 2014, leading her high school to Final Four, amassed more than 1,000 points as a junior, also played volleyball and ran track, 3-star recruit according to ESPN
Katherine Strong: 6-0 F, Chicago Heights, Ill., (Bloom High), tore her ACL as a junior; nominated for McDonald's All-American Game as a senior
Galaisha Goodhope, 5-5 G, transfer from Old Dominion who was dismissed from the team; part of CAA All-Rookie team and biology major who plans to be a doctor, will have two years of eligibility for the Rams; averaged 8.1 ppg her sophomore season
Richard Fortune: Former ODU assistant joins Beth O'Boyle's staff, reuniting him with Goodhope, who he coached for two years.

Lots of size with this Rams class, which also includes Goodhope, a capable point guard with scoring ability. VCU finished 16-14 last season but struggled to find firepower on offense and dropped seven of its final nine. The Rams return their top five scorers led by Isis Thorpe (12.3 ppg), but could benefit by one of the freshmen posts making an early impact. Shanice Johnson (6-0 F), who the school had announced would be on the team after being suspended from Delaware last January, will not be joining the Rams this fall.

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