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Former Ram Darius Theus joins VCU coaching staff

Will Wade turned to an important piece from some great VCU teams.

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Former VCU standout Darius Theus has been named the Rams’ Director of Student-Athlete Development, the school announced in a release. His role will “focus on the off-court development of VCU men’s basketball student-athletes.”

Theus played for the Rams from 2009-13, during which time head coach Will Wade was on Shaka Smart’s staff. Theus was a rotation player his first two seasons before becoming a full-time starter his junior and senior years. He played professionally in the Netherlands and Germany after graduating.

In hiring Theus, Wade is bringing back an important piece from some great VCU teams. Theus had a big game (eight points, six rebounds, six blocks) in the Rams’ Sweet 16 win over Florida State during their run to the 2011 Final Four.

His best statistical year was 2011-12, when he led the team in assists per game (4.7) and was second in minutes per game (31.2). Theus also has the third-most steals (237) and sixth-most assist (462) in program history.

"We're thrilled to have Darius back in our program," Wade said. "He's one of the finest leaders I've ever coached, and he'll be an outstanding example and mentor for our student athletes."

Theus will get a chance to work with a talented point guard prospect next year, as the Rams recently signed four-star 2017 guard Lavar Batts.