When Shaka Smart left Virginia Commonwealth to take the head coaching job down in Texas, people started to speculate as to who would step in to lead the Rams. When all was said and done, it was Chattanooga`s bench boss Will Wade who took over the program.
Wade is a former assistant of Smart, and is very familiar with the processes and procedures of the program. However, people wondered if his lack of post-season success and overall head coaching experience would hinder him in any way.
If Thursday was any indication, he should have no trouble with the Rams in terms of recruiting. Graduate transfer Korey Billbury, from Oral Roberts, committed to the VCU Rams, giving Wade his first big-time transfer recruit as he tries to put the final touches on the 2015-16 roster.
Billbury is a 6`3“ guard out of Tulsa, OK. He was the Golden Eagles`second-leading scorer a season ago, averaging 14.4 points per contest to go with 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Despite missing the last six games of the season, including both of the team`s games in the 2015 CBI Tournament, Billbury was awarded 2nd Team All-Summit honours for his strong play.
With his undergraduate studies completed at Oral Roberts, he will graduate and will be eligible to compete right away for Wade and the Rams. Virginia Commonwealth returns senior Melvin Johnson and upstart JaQuan Lewis in the back court, and the addition of Billbury makes them that much more dangerous.
The team is losing leading scorer Treveon Graham, which will hurt on the offensive end. Billbury should be able to come in and contribute right away, thus helping to make up for the loss of Graham on the offensive end of the floor.
Slowly but surely, Wade is putting his mark on the future of the Rams. So far, the future looks bright for Virginia Commonwealth.