For most programs the days following the final evaluation period of the summer is a time for coming to a decision in regards to offering (or not offering) targets on their respective boards. In the case of Richmond, Chris Mooney’s program has finalized two recruitments within a three-day span.
Two days after landing three-star shooting guard De’Monte Buckingham, the Spiders received another commitment in the form of 6-foot-3 guard Nick Sherod. Sherod, who played with the Team Loaded Virginia team that won the Gold Division of the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas last week, is a 6-foot-3 guard who shot better than 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Also on that Team Loaded Virginia roster were 2016 prospects Sacha Killeya-Jones, Javin DeLaurier and Justice Kithcart.
Sherod is a native of Richmond who attends St. Christopher’s School, where he became the school’s all-time leading scorer this past season. Sherod averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season, and he was a first team all-state selection.
While Richmond doesn’t have a scholarship senior in its backcourt heading into the 2015-16 season, it does have two juniors in ShawnDre Jones and Josh Jones. With the additions of Buckingham and Sherod to go along with their three freshmen, the Spiders have the bodies needed to boost their perimeter depth moving forward.
Richmond announced on Monday that the basketball court at the Robins Center will be named after the program’s all-time winningest coach, Dick Tarrant.
“I can’t fully comprehend why so many wonderful things are happening to me — 20 years after my retirement,” said Tarrant. “Coaches and athletes are normally soon forgotten at the conclusion of their careers. This tremendous tribute is often times reserved for Hall of Fame coaches such as Coach K, Lou Carnesecca and others. So, I am thankful to all those who were instrumental in this honor. I am flattered beyond words.”
Tarrant won 239 games in 12 seasons with the Spiders, owning a .779 winning percentage on the court that is now named after him. He led Richmond to the 1988 Sweet 16 and, in 1991, became the first coach to lead a No. 15 seed to an upset over a No. 2 seed when he spurred on a win over Syracuse.
“I am so excited for Coach Tarrant and for all of his former players and coaches,” head coach Chris Mooney said. “Their achievements are remarkable as they helped to establish Richmond Basketball as a nationally prominent program. I am forever grateful to be the coach of the Spiders – the same program that was coached by the great Dick Tarrant. Additionally, I would like to personally thank Coach Tarrant for his gracious reception of myself and my family: Congratulations Coach!”
This isn’t the only honor that’s been bestowed upon Tarrant. Richmond’s live spider mascot is named Tarrant the Tarantula.
Pitt landed a graduate transfer big man as Richmond forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa committed to the Panthers. The 6-foot-9 Nelson-Ododa made his official announcement on Twitter.
Nelson-Ododa averaged 6.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game for the Spiders last season in 23 minutes of action per game. With the Panthers already adding another graduate transfer big man in Rafael Maia, to go along with Rozelle Nix, Pitt has done a nice job of re-stocking their front court rotation this offseason.
Adding Nelson-Ododa isn’t a huge impact, but he is a solid shot blocker who should be able to protect the rim a little bit while earning some minutes this season. The Panthers felt they needed another serviceable big and used its final scholarship on a one-year rotation player.