Former Rams in Professional Leagues

Former VCU forward Justin Tillman made the Atlantic 10 all-conference first team during his senior year. Photo by Erin Edgerton

Daniel Purer 
Contributing Writer

Jonathan Williams

A leader in the 2017-18 season, Williams has taken his talents to the Netherlands as a player for Aris Leeuwarden. Williams — known for his passing ability — led the Atlantic 10 in assists during his final season with a 5.7 average. With 9.8 points per game in his college career, he has continued to impress with an 8-point average as well as scoring 15 in one of his most recent games against ETB Wohnbau Baskets in Essen, Germany. Williams follows in the footsteps of fellow former Rams Brandon Rozzell and Darius Theus who had their own stints at Aris Leeuwarden. The club finished 10-22 in the 2017-18 season and is currently 3-4.

Justin Tillman

The co-star of the 2017-18 season, Tillman has recently signed to Wonju DB Promy of the Korean Basketball League. Tillman began his pro career playing for the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer League where, in two games, he averaged 6.5 points and 5 rebounds. The youngest player on the South Korean team, Tillman has already made a name for himself by leading in rebounds at 11 per game, compared to his 9.9 average in his senior college season. The 6-foot-8-inch forward is second on the team for points at 23.3, right behind the Creighton University and Big East Conference standout Marcus Foster. Tillman is sure to be a star in South Korea — he had 24 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes in his most recent game against Anyang KGC 24.

JeQuan Lewis

Colleagues with Tillman from 2014-16, Lewis joined him in the Korean Basketball League, signing to the Goyang Orions. The Tennessee native has moved to South Korea from the NBA G League and the Wisconsin Herd. In 13 starts at Wisconsin, Lewis managed 9.2 points per game, a long way from 15 at VCU. Lewis leads the Goyang Orions with 20.7 points and 6 assists per game. The Orions are third in the KBL at 2-1 but the two VCU players have not yet had a chance to face each other.

Briante Weber

One of the cornerstone members of the “Havoc” era, Weber is still making a name for himself as a defensive powerhouse. With 39 career steals and counting in the NBA, Weber is the same player who helped VCU get to the historic Final Four — accumulating 374 career steals and ranking third in steals in NCAA Division I history. From the Miami Heat to the Golden State Warriors to the Charlotte Hornets, Weber has been doing all he can to become a name in the NBA. Last week, the Miami Heat waived Weber to seal-up its 15-man roster prior to the regular season. This is nothing new to the 6-foot-2-inch guard, who was waived three times in the last four years by the Heat prior to the regular season. Weber averaged 1.6 steals, 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in his last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. Weber  was since signed to the Sioux Falls Skyforce — the Miami Heat’s G-League team — which he’s is very familiar with. The season will begin Nov. 2.

Khris Lane

The 6-foot-7-inch forward and Longwood transfer began his pro-career in Germany at SSV Lok Bernau this fall. In his limited time at VCU, Lane left his mark with an average of 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and was not afraid to launch from beyond the arc. One of his most iconic performances in Richmond was against Texas when he landed four 3-pointers in the second half. Any VCU fan would remember the noise — and possibly the most exciting atmosphere the Siegel Center has had in years — when Lane sunk his last 3-pointer, capping off a VCU rally back from an 18-point deficit. SSV Lok Bernau and Lane parted ways and dissolved his contract last week. The team announced the news Oct. 19. Coach René Schilling stated, “There have been several factors of dissatisfaction, both from us and [Lane].” Lane averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game in Germany.

Troy Daniels

Daniels — a 2013 VCU graduate — remains on the Phoenix Suns roster. The guard is in his sixth year of NBA play and is putting up some of his best numbers yet. Last season on the Suns, Daniels averaged 8.9 points and shot 87.5 percent from the charity stripe in 13 starts. Daniels seems to be striving to increase his performance with 11 points in the last preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Treveon Graham

Graham, alongside Daniels, is helping keep VCU on the map in the eyes of the NBA. Graham signed to the Brooklyn Nets after two years with the Charlotte Hornets. The former Ram tallied an average of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in his last year at VCU. His time with the Hornets proved productive — after 92 games, Graham came out with a 43 percent 3-point shooting percentage and 3.6 points per game. But after signing with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year, Graham suffered a hamstring injury and is out as of Oct. 20. He is on day-to-day watch to see when he will return.

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