Ram in Action: Corey Douglas

Sophomore Corey Douglas has a team-high 38 blocks this season. Photo by Erin Edgerton.

Andy Riddler, Contributing Writer

From Houston, Texas to Tallahassee, Florida, sophomore forward Corey Douglas’ path to Richmond is not like that of his teammates. Douglas has appeared in every Men’s Basketball game so far — including 10 starts — averaging 3.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks to help propel the Rams to a 13-6 record.

Douglas arrived at VCU after spending last season with Tallahassee Community College where he averaged 13.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. He previously played for Men’s Basketball coach Mike Rhoades at Rice for the 2016-2017 season where he appeared in nine games, starting eight. The CT sat down with Corey to discuss his first season at VCU.

Why VCU?

Just really the culture itself, everyone knows about VCU. Coach Rhoades and the coaching staff I had already known prior from being at Rice. It just felt like the right fit for me.

What is it about Rhoades that makes you so comfortable playing with him? Why did you follow him to VCU?

He is an honest guy. Everything he says is what he is going to do. It is more than just basketball. He is a real family guy, and that is one thing he talks about — that this team is a family and I took hold to that.

How did your year at Tallahassee Community College help prepare you for your transition to VCU?

Originally at Rice I ended up getting hurt, I only played maybe nine games. So just playing at TCC, it got me back in shape. Just being able to get back on the floor and get comfortable and really starting to build confidence.

You have made a name for yourself on the defensive end so far this season — second in the conference in blocks per game — is that something you try to focus on bringing to each game?

It’s just whatever the team needs. But most of the games, it has been me blocking shots or altering shots and just being there to help the defense.

Is there any player you try to model your game after?

Kevin Garnett, Al Horford and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Do you have any pregame routines? Any go-to music that you like to listen to before the game?

I really like mellow R&B type of music now. That’s what I try to listen to relax me. My pregame ritual, I always like to wear my socks inside out.

What are you looking to improve the most over the remainder of the season?

More so with my offensive game. Just being more aggressive. Scoring the ball in the post.

Favorite place to eat in Richmond?

Wow — that is tough, too. I’m going to go with The Village.

What is it like playing in the Stu in front of Ram Nation?

It is amazing. That atmosphere, being in there with all of those people going crazy. It is a great feeling.

What are your goals for the rest of the season?

Just continue to do whatever the team needs, finish out [Atlantic 10] play, win the conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament.

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