Saturday, January 19, 2013
Another scoring option for VCU?
By Luke Lapinski
Virginia Commonwealth already has four players averaging double-digit scoring this season. And, just in case anyone thought Darius Theus couldn't fill the hoop as well, the senior guard erupted for 22 points in the Rams' victory over Saint Joseph's on Thursday.
In that same game, Theus added ten assists and didn't turn the ball over once. As Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN Stats and Information points out, only one other player in the nation -- Erick Green of Virginia Tech -- has managed a 20-point, 10-assist game without a turnover this season. The playmaking ability and supreme ball control are already staples of Theus' game, and it's not as if he's suddenly going to morph into VCU's top scorer. His role is that of facilitator, and it's working well for Shaka Smart's group. But the fact that he's capable of stepping up and giving the team another option on offense when necessary is a great sign for the Rams going forward -- especially considering the fact that their "HAVOC" defense already stifles the opponent's scoring totals each night anyway.