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Monday, 26 January 2015

When drafted in 2010 with the first pick, the Wizards and their fans knew that Wall had the raw athleticism and basketball IQ to be a star. He was very raw, however, and would need to develop into a leader for a floundering team, as well as develop his own game by adding a jump shot. This four year experiment is finally looking to pay off in huge ways.


After barely defeating the Denver Nuggets last night 117-115, the Washington Wizards are (30-15) and in 2nd place in the East behind the inexplicably hot Atlanta Hawks. While the Wizards finally have the talented and deep roster that they have desperately needed for years, John Wall’s development this year has clearly been the catalyst for their success. Coming off of a 19 point and 16 assist game Wall has proved once more why he deserved the number one pick.JWdribbling


Wall, now in his fifth season, leads the league in assists at 10.2 per game, and is second in steals at 2.0 per game. His scoring has gone down a little since last year, but his FG% is up almost 5% since last year, a significant gain for a player who has always been hounded for his shooting inability. He is taking smarter shots, making a higher percentage of shots, and finding his teammates for an increase of almost two APG over his career average. In the midst of this increase, his turnover numbers remain similar to his career average, at around 3.5 per game.


All of these improvements, as well as the rounding out of the roster have culminated in a Wizards team that is winning against talented teams, and is a serious contender for a title. They made it to the second round of the playoffs last year, a feat that was considered a surprising success. Now in 2015, anything short of an Eastern Conference Finals showing would be disappointing. Wall is on the starting roster for the Eastern All-Stars, a well-deserved honor, but perhaps more importantly, he is seriously in the conversation for MVP. If he and the Wizards can make an extra push during the second half of the season, and if the Hawks cool off, I believe that Wall could very conceivably win that award. He will have to worry about guys named Curry and Harden fighting for it as well, but with almost half of the season left anything can happen.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

The legend of Treveon Graham continues to grow. The Freight Train had a great game vs Rhode Island this past Tuesday , scoring 26 points while playing through an ankle injury. Graham is now in sixth place on VCU’s all time scoring record with 1,649 points. His jersey may one day be retired in the rafters at the Siegel Center.

It was a tremendous performance that made Rams fans reflect on the best moments of his career and where that game stacks up against the others. Here is SportsRichmond’s list of top 5 Treveon Graham moments of his career thus far ( subject to change ). Treveon_Graham_free_throw

5. vs Tennessee at the Naval Academy     Displaying Versatility   November 14, 2014

The opening game of this year stands out because of its unconventionality. VCU was without senior point guard Briante Weber, who was suspended for the game for stealing an iPhone. Heading into the game the Frieght Train knew that there would be more pressure on him than normal because he would be the only senior starter. Backup point guard JeQuan Lewis got a concussion midway through the first half, forcing Treveon Graham into the point guard role for stretches. Graham stepped up to the challenge and helped the team in a wide variety of ways. He ended up with 15 points and 14 rebounds as he displayed his versatility and value to the team. While it was not his best offensive game,it proved he can do anything on the court.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Richmond Spiders men’s basketball team finds themselves at 9-7 right now, and 2-1 after three games of conference play. These records put them in the middle of the A-10, a tight list of teams that will surely begin to separate as conference play ramps up. UofR’s hometown rivals, the VCU Rams, lead the conference with a record of 14-3, a perfect 4-0 in the A-10, and no. 17 overall national ranking.

Despite being in the middle of the pack, the Spiders are by no means performing poorly, having beat conference rivals George Mason and St. Bonaventure. Their one conference loss was handed to them at Davidson on January 3rd in a high scoring game that got out of reach early, but saw a second half in which the Spiders were only outscored by one point. Richmond will get its chance at revenge January 17th at  when it plays them at home in the Robin’s Center, for what should be a very exciting game between two teams that need to get an early start on conference wins.

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Thursday, 08 January 2015

skins_truckEarlier this week it was revealed that the Redskins are one of nine teams that might be forced to have Hard Knocks filmed at their training  camp this summer.  Teams that are on the list of potential mandatory inclusion on the show are the Browns, Buccaneers, Giants, Jaguars, Rams, Texans, Titans and Vikings.

             And no, the NFL is not making the list of most boring teams to make a documentary about. Teams are excluded from the potential mandatory list if they have made the playoffs the previous two seasons , they have a first year head coach or they have been on Hard Knocks  in the past 10 years. 

           Richmonders may get excited about the possibility of  having the HBO series filmed in their backyard this summer. It is an exciting premise to have RVA in the national spotlight and have the chance to be seen on TV. However, if the fans of the Redskins want what's best for the team they will hope that the NFL forces another team to do the show.

             The Redskins already have enough drama as it is without a reality TV crew present. Training camp in the humid Virginia summers is tough enough for players to get through without any added distractions . There are enough volatile personalities on the team ( aka DeSean Jackson) that there is always a chance for a scrap at practice.

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Monday, 05 January 2015

sr_logo To our loyal readers and to any new readers of the blog,

Happy New Year! We would like to thank all of you so much for checking out the blog. As an intern at Sports Richmond I have been working as one part journalist, one part market researcher, and it has been an amazing experience thus far. The site is a work in progress but we are determined to fulfill our mission statement:

“We put this site together because we love sports and wanted to fill the void of Richmond-focused sports information”

The last several months have seen us post many blog articles with subjects ranging from the Redskins to VCU basketball to the Anthem Richmond Marathon. Some of our articles did very well and got a lot of hits, while others did not play so well. This has all been part of a process to feel out what kind of sports’ news the good people of the RVA are interested in. Through our Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as many posts on Reddit, we have been able to reach a Richmond audience that has provided us with some excellent feedback. From this I would like to provide you, the reader, with some information regarding upcoming sporting events for 2015 in the RVA.

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Who will be the Quarterback for the Redskins in 2015?