Four men’s hoops players awarded Atlantic 10 honors

Junior Briante Weber earned his second straight A-10 defensive player of the year award after tallying a record-breaking 111 steals in the regular season. Photo by Audry Dubon.

Colin Kennedy 
Sports Editor 

Four members of the VCU men’s basketball team received awards last week from the Atlantic 10 for their play during the 2013-14 regular season.

Junior Briante Weber earned his second consecutive A-10 defensive player of the year award, while sophomore Melvin Johnson was named the conference’s sixth man of the year. Junior Treveon Graham was named to the A-10 first team and senior Juvonte Reddic earned second-team honors, as well.

For Weber, the award tops off a record-breaking season in which he set the A-10 single season record for steals. He finished the regular season with 111 steals­ — a career high — and set VCU’s program record for steals in the process.

Graham’s first-team nod comes one year after the Washington, D.C. native earned second-team honors in his sophomore campaign. VCU’s leading scorer averaged 15.5 points, seven rebounds and two assists per game during the regular season.

Though he started six games for the Rams, Johnson received the conference’s sixth man of the year award in his second season with the team. The sophomore finished the year as VCU’s third-leading scorer (10.6 ppg), and averaged the fifth-most minutes per game (22.9 mpg).

For Reddic, the second-team award was a slight step back. The senior earned first-team honors a season ago and entered his final year as one of the favorites to win the A-10 player of the year award. He averaged 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Rams, but shot a career-worst 56 percent from the free throw line.

Saint Louis University’s Jordair Jett was named the conference player of the year, and SLU head coach Jim Crews took home the coach of the year one season after VCU head coach Shaka Smart earned the same distinction.

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