Spi­ders’ home­grown top 10

UR has en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess with local re­cruits

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS - BY JOHN O’CON­NOR Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch

Last week’s oral com­mit­ment from John Mar­shall High guard Jason Nel­son to the Univer­sity of Rich­mond will lead to a re­ward­ing out­come for Nel­son and the Spi­ders, based on past per­for­mances by many play­ers from the area who went on to play for UR.

Ex­am­ine the Spi­ders’ hoops his­tory from the open­ing of the Robins Cen­ter in 1972 and sev­eral play­ers who grew up in the Rich­mond re­gion be­came UR stand­outs. There are enough to make a 10-man “all-star” team.

Michael Perry, 6-5, Thomas Jef­fer­son High: Perry was a three-time cap­tain dur­ing his time as a Spi­der (1978-81). His re­mark­able con­sis­tency stands out. He av­er­aged 19 points as a fresh­man, 18.3 as a sopho­more, 19.1 as a ju­nior and 22.8 as a se­nior. He fin­ished with 2,145 points.

Peter Wool­folk, 6-5, Jef­fer­son-Huguenot-Wythe High: Though un­der­sized for an in­side player, Wool­folk was a force dur­ing 1985-88, es­pe­cially in Rich­mond’s big­gest games. He mem­o­rably gave Navy’s 7-1 David Robin­son fits in UR’s CAA days. Wool­folk scored 1,604 points as a Spi­der.

Justin Harper, 6-10, Mead­ow­brook High: He was a late-bloomer in high school and col­lege, but by his se­nior year at UR (2011), Harper was among the best in the A-10, and na­tion­ally. He scored in­side and out on the way to 1,457 points and was a sec­ond-round se­lec­tion in the 2011 NBA draft.

ShawnDre’ Jones, 5-10, Rich­mond na­tive: Jones grew up in High­land Springs

and moved to Hous­ton as he started high school for fam­ily rea­sons. From 2014 to 2017, Jones was a clever ball­han­dler and scorer who made 76 starts (132 games). Con­cluded his ca­reer with 1,608 points.

Darien Broth­ers, 6-3, Bene­dic­tine: Broth­ers shot his way to star­dom, con­vert­ing 40.1% of his 3-point at­tempts, and 84.4% from the free throw line dur­ing 2010-13. The for­mer Cadets foot­ball star also was a phys­i­cal de­fender. Broth­ers (102 UR starts) fin­ished his UR ca­reer with 1,274 points.

Mike Winiecki, 6-8, Monacan: Year by year, Winiecki im­proved as a Spi­der. By his se­nior sea­son of 1989, he was a cap­tain who av­er­aged 17.6 points and 8.1 re­bounds, with 53 blocks. Winiecki didn’t av­er­age more than 7.3 points be­fore that year. He fin­ished his UR ca­reer with 1,031 points.

Nick Sherod, 6-4, St. Christo­pher’s: Head­ing into his fourth sea­son as a Spi­ders reg­u­lar, Sherod has done a bit of ev­ery­thing on of­fense and de­fense, de­pend­ing on team needs.

He has emerged as a 3-point shooter who makes de­fenses pay. In three years, Sherod scored 1,192 points.

Ryan But­ler, 6-6, Dou­glas Free­man: On June 20, 2005, But­ler be­came the first Spi­ders signee of coach Chris Mooney. But­ler, the son of for­mer UR star Jeff But­ler, went on to a pro­duc­tive 132-game ca­reer (872 points) as a wing who hit clutch shots and guarded op­po­nents’ top perime­ter play­ers.

Trey Davis, 6-4, Bene­dic­tine: From 2013 to 2016, Davis played in 134 Rich­mond games (89 starts) and was known for his de­fen­sive en­ergy and ag­gres­sive­ness in all ar­eas. Davis, the son of for­mer UR star John Davis, found ways to make his four-year mark in ways apart from scor­ing.

De’Monte Buck­ing­ham, 6-4, Hen­rico: In 2017 and 2018, Buck­ing­ham brought tough­ness and scor­ing from all ar­eas. Named 2017 A-10 rookie of the year, he scored 733 points. He was dis­missed from the pro­gram for vi­o­lat­ing ath­letic-depart­ment pol­icy. He trans­ferred to Cal­i­for­nia State Bak­ers­field.


Darien Broth­ers (Bene­dic­tine High) was a shoot­ing star for the Rich­mond Spi­ders as well as a phys­i­cal de­fender dur­ing 2010-13.


Peter Wool­folk (Jef­fer­son-Huguenot-Wythe High), at 6-5, was a force in­side for the Spi­ders. He fin­ished his ca­reer with 1,604 points.

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