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Adviser pushes men’s hoops toward success in classroom

March 4, 2014 Executive Editor 1

It doesn’t take an ESPN analyst to figure out that Shaka Smart has developed a winning recipe since taking over the VCU men’s basketball program in 2009. But even with a 131-44 overall record, Smart believes that success on the court starts in the classroom, and he has established strict guidelines to ensure that his team thrives academically.