VCU and Coach Wade pick up their second commit in a single day!
Officially a ram!!!! — Korey Billbury (@THREEpoint5) April 23, 2015
Moments after the commitment of Gerron Scissum on Thursday afternoon, Korey Billbury announced he was transferring from Oral Roberts University to VCU. The senior point guard, who averaged 14.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, and 1.4 SPG, is eligible to play immediately because of the graduate transfer rule.
Billbury was suspended from Oral Roberts in February for a violation of team rules. He never rejoined the squad and elected to transfer.
At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he is a physical guard. He led the Golden Eagles in rebounding and will bring a physical presence at the point guard position not felt since Coach Smart’s first recruit: Darius Theus. In his best games, Billbury gets to the free-throw line at will as defenders struggle to contain his size and mobility.
Billbury was the go-to player in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it affected his efficiency. He shot 104-of-258 (.403) from 2-point range and 25-of-74 (.338) from 3-point range last season while averaging 2.5 turnovers per game. While he likely won’t post stats as gaudy as last season while surrounded by Melvin Johnsons and Terry Larriers, his efficiency should improve.
The addition of Gerron Scissum is redundant for the upcoming couple of seasons, but he is a valuable addition for the future. Korey Billbury, on the other hand, is adding a skill-set entirely different from anyone else on the roster.
In Billbury, VCU is getting a second senior to play alongside Melvin Johnson, a capable point guard to complement JeQuan Lewis and Jonathan Williams, a physical guard who can defend the perimeter, and a player who can hit open 3-pointers or beat his defender to the rack. That’s a lot of upside for a player added in April. Welcome, Korey Billbury.