Spiders’ homegrown top 10
UR has enjoyed considerable success with local recruits
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.