Picking the top impact newcomer for the 2014-15 season is a difficult task. The Rams are looking at one of their best recruiting classes they’ve ever had. Three of four upcoming 2014 freshman are in the ESPN Top 100 recruits. With this being said, veteran Ram players will need to be prepared to fight on the court for their starting spots. These three ESPN Top 100 recruits include Terry Larrier, Mike Gilmore and Justin Tillman. Entering into the VCU basketball program with them will be Jonathan Williams who deserves just as much attention and praise as the other three players.
As fans look at this rising freshman class, one name sticks out, Terry Larrier. When looking at the returning starters that the Rams will have next season, Larrier stands a good chance of earning one of their spots. Larrier averages 17 PPG and 3.6 rebounds/game. Compare that to the top scorer last season Treveon Graham who averaged 15.8 PPG.VCU has 8 returning guards and 3 returning forwards. Larrier, 6’8” is a small forward and with his 6’10” wingspan he masters very fluid ball handling under the rim. Larrier also shoots well in the paint, where VCU thrived last season, with his ability to stretch to the rim.
Another key reason Larrier will be the top impact newcomer is his proven ability to keep a quick tempo. Larrier’s ball handling skills are already fast, but not only that, he doesn’t waste time. Larrier’s quick dribbling style will fit well with Coach Smart’s plays because they usually succeed based on the players quick execution. The talent of Briante Weber and Terry Larrier on the court together would be an unstoppable force of energy and speed. We also can’t forget Treveon Graham. Graham’s ability to shoot from pretty much anywhere on the court and Larrier’s run and jump style will create a dynamic duo. The pair should not only be able to play well off each other but also be able to keep the Rams scoring.
With Larrier being one of the ESPN Top 50 recruits, he has obviously earned his praise from more than just the VCU program.
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