Watch one game from VCU’s home arena, the Siegel Center or the “Stu”, and you’ll know why Ram fans are chanting “MO SAYS NO.” Mo Alie-Cox, redshirt freshman, uses his 260 pound body and his 7-1 wingspan to swat down the ball in his crowd pleasing blocks.
One of the thrilling characteristics Mo has is his enormous wingspan. Although he stands at 6-6 his 7-1 wingspan allows him to block his opponents in a very “in your face” manor. Coach Shaka Smart also notes that Mo has skill when it comes to timing. Many forwards don’t time their blocks well and draw fouls, but Mo has his timing down to the exact right time, and it pays off.
Mo holds the No. 1 spot on the team with 30 blocks this season already. With nine games left before tournament season (fingers crossed) it looks as though he has many more chances to get the crowd chanting. Big man Juvonte Reddic is close behind Mo with 25 blocks. As fans know, Reddic is a senior and with his exit the team will lose one of their best block and rebound players. But, as this spot opens those fans can sit comfortably after seeing the season Mo has had so far. With a few more years ahead of him, Mo looks as though he will be just the player to take over.
The VCU Rams play the Rhode Island Rams tonight. Watching Mo and Reddic will be exciting enough, but Rhode Island has a big man blocker of their own. Hassan Martin has 46 blocks this season already and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. With his 210 pound body and his 6-7 height this freshman forward may try to outshine VCU’s big men. Fans will see tonight if VCU’s HAVOC is too quick for the game Martin and Rhode Island will be bringing.
Listen for “MO SAYS NO,” as VCU takes on Rhode Island tonight in the Siegel Center at 7:00, the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
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