VCU Basketball: Who are the Rams scouting from the class of 2015?

As the 2013-14 season comes to an end, VCU fans are already wondering who the Rams are scouting from the class of 2015? With one of the best recruiting classes they’ve had yet, the class of 2014 will be a hard one to follow up. So far, Coach smart has his staff looking at a great group of 2015 graduates.

Photo Credit: Patrick Wood

Photo Credit: Patrick Wood

Malik Beasley- 6’3” strong shooting guard has caught the eyes of the Rams program. Beasley’s career stats tell it all as he averages at 13.6 PPG and at 5.6 rebounds/game. VCU could use a strong shooting guard as sinking baskets was one of their biggest struggles in the end of this past season. Additionally, Beasley fits in well with Coach Smart’s pressure style because he averages at 1.7 steals/game and has no trouble getting his hands in on defense for the steal. Beasley has had offers from many schools including VCU, Alabama, Tennessee and East Carolina.

Tevin Mack- with offers from VCU, Georgia, Virginia Tech and a few others, this 6’4” has no problem overcoming his size for speed. Mack is a very lean, quick small forward who would be a great match for HAVOC. Coach Smart, known for his skill at recruiting speed, both in bigger and smaller players, must be waiting on pins and needled to hear back from this player.

Ernest Aflakpui- a large, 6’9”, 220 pound Center with power and great ball handling skills. Aflakpui plays for Archbishop Carroll currently and they are a very “scrappy, high pressure” team. This description fits well with VCU’s style. If Aflakpui has experience with a team that has a similar style as the Rams, then he may lean more towards VCU when choosing a school. On the other hand, this is also why Coach Smart has shown interest in him. With interests from La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Villanova, VCU will have to wait and see if they shine out of the bunch.

Deshawn Freeman- skilled dunker and 6’6” small forward, Freeman is currently at a Junior College. After overcoming many obstacles on and off the court, he is now being scouted by VCU, Virginia Tech , Arizona State and many other universities. Freeman would be able to bring a set of quick hands to the Rams squad. Great ball handling and shooting make Freeman a very well rounded candidate for VCU, who could use some new quick hands.

VCU Rams head coach Shaka Smart (Photo Credit: Patrick Wood)

VCU Rams head coach Shaka Smart (Photo Credit: Patrick Wood)

Elija Burns- #4 on ESPN’S Top New Jersey Recruits for 2015, he is working hard to fine tune his shooting range. Freeman’s shooting style is very strong in the paint currently and with the work he is doing on his range, he is an ideal candidate for VCU. As most fans know, VCU thrives in the paint. Freeman averaged 17.8 PPG last season all while also grabbing rebounds and averaging at 10 per game.

Although Coach Smart has plenty of time to scout class of 2015 players these ones appear to be perfect for HAVOC.

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