Treveon Graham and Briante Weber lead the Rams for the past three seasons, as the duo unparalleled to any other duo in VCU basketball history, had their eyes set on being drafted in one of the two rounds of the NBA Draft. For Graham and Weber, this dream unfortunately did not become a reality as both concluded Thursday night wondering what their future holds.
Graham, a Temple Hills, Maryland native impressed many scouts that had a late second round grade on him. Graham was the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament that compiled 64 college players to be seen by NBA teams. Treveon possesses a NBA ready body at 6’6 230 pounds to be able to get to the rim at ease. Lacking in overall athleticism, The Freight Train still has the finesse to go along with his power to attack the rim and become a lethal offensive threat in the NBA.
Graham signed a contract to play summer league basketball with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs organization, lacking in small forward depth after Kawhi Leonard, serves as a perfect opportunity for Treveon to make the team and prosper with the organization.
Briante Weber, a Chesapeake, Virginia native, understood where he stands in the process, as he is still recovering from an unfortunate knee injury that occurred January 31 against the University of Richmond that unavoidably cost him the rest of his senior season. Still recovering, Weber made it known that he will not play for a team but rather rehab to prepare to sign onto a team next season.
Weber listed as 6’3 170 pounds has the wingspan to guard either guard positions. His play mostly resembles that of Houston Rockets PG Patrick Beverly. ‘Stealonte’ has the capability to be a shut down defender as well as a PG that can stretch
the floor with his decisive quickness.
Both Graham and Weber had decorative years for the Rams, as much of Shaka Smart’s success the past couple of seasons was due to their superb play.
Graham led VCU in scoring for three straight years averaging 16 points a contest. His 108 career victories ranks third most all-time in Rams history. He finished his career with over 1,800 points, 800 rebounds, and 200 three pointers – the only player in VCU history to accomplish this feat. He was also awarded to two straight Atlantic 10 first-team honors.
Weber almost stamped his name in the history books, as he was only 12 steals shy of being the all-time steals leader for college basketball. Much to his avail, he still holds that record at VCU as well as the most popular player to come through the Siegal Center. His charismatic energy and contagious smile made him the face of VCU basketball these past two years. Many believe the departure of Shaka Smart had to due with the graduation of the engine that drove Havoc to the success it reached. Without Briante, there was no Havoc as many basketball gurus labeled him the top defender in the nation.
For both Graham and Weber, playing professional basketball will betide, as both offer the virtuosity to make any team they are on better. The NBA is not over for either of the two even though teams did not exercise the right to draft them. The road instead will be a long one, where they will have to have to extort uncompromised effort to live up to their dreams. Graham and Weber are two guys who have won in college and know what it takes to be extremely successful in the future. With their college degrees in hand, look for a NBA contract to be the next milestone for the former Rams duo.