RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.
After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.
Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.
Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.
On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.
Khris Lane, a graduate transfer from the Longwood Lancers, announced on Saturday that he would be transferring to VCU for his final year of collegiate basketball.
When he announced the news, Lane got straight to the point.
“I’m going to VCU. It’s home.”
The 6’6”, 245-pound Lane is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and chose the Rams over the likes of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and the Rhode Island Rams.
As a junior in 2016-17, Lane emerged as one of the more underrated forwards in the country. He averaged a team-high 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest, while also recording 1.1 blocks per game. Lane shot 53.7% from the floor, and 33.7% from three point range.
Lane gives the Rams a strong boost in the front court, one that will be without the likes of Mo Alie-Cox this season. He is effective from the field, especially around the rim, and has a strong presence on the defensive end of the floor.
The commitment from Lane gives Rhoades another impact transfer who will provide a big boost to the Rams’ front court next season. Lane joins Isaac Vann, who transferred from the Maine Black Bears following the 2015-16 season. After sitting out last season, the 6’6” forward will suit up for the Rams and have three years of eligibility left.
Vann averaged 16.4 points per game as a freshman with Maine.
– T. Bennett