Don't look for VCU to fall off anytime soon. The Rams, guided by rising star Shaka Smart, have landed four-star power forward Michael Gilmore to give the program additional size and athleticism.
The Rams have become NCAA tournament darlings during the Smart regime, but to win big consistently they'll need to compete on even terms in the frontcourt. Getting Gilmore — a key cog for EYBL triumphant Each 1 Teach 1 this past summer — could prove to be a significant step toward that end.
For his part, Gilmore cited two primary factors that enabled VCU to edge Kansas State.
"I think just after taking visits and doing a compare and contrast, VCU's pros came out ahead," Gilmore said. "There's an opportunity to come right in and get playing time, and that was a major reason."
Gilmore also views the club's frenetic tempo to provide an ideal fit for his game. It make sense, given his fluid athleticism and impressive overall mobility.
"Just to come in and play in that style and under Coach Smart, it's a great fit for me," Gilmore said. "They just did a great job recruiting me."
The Rams also recently added top-100 forward Terry Larrier, setting themselves up for a class that has a chance to enjoy national esteem.