Additions and Subtractions: Richmond Spiders

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Additions and Subtractions is the latest A10Talk series taking a look at new and departing players in each of the Atlantic 10 programs. Today we examine the roster change-ups for the Richmond Spiders.

Key Additions:

  • De’Monte Buckingham, SG (6’4, 185 lbs)

Buckingham might be the most hyped recruit in Spider history. The 6’4″ guard grew up in Richmond and caught the attention of many major programs such as Virginia and Cincinnati. It eventually came down to VCU and Richmond. He has a swagger that we haven’t seen at Richmond before. His skillset provides much needed defense for the Spiders and adds a scoring threat to an already lethal offense. Buckingham will be one of the most versatile players in the conference. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Buckingham be a 4 year starter for Chris Mooney.

  • Nick Sherod, SG (6’4, 184 lbs)

Nick Sherod committed a week after De’Monte Buckingham pledged to the Spiders. He went to high school less than 1 mile from the Richmond campus. Sherod is a combo guard who has a knack for scoring. He is one of the best shooters in the class of 2016. Sherod will cause massive matchup problems as he can shoot from anywhere, literally anywhere. I think Kendall Anthony’s 3 point record might be in trouble….

  • Grant Golden, C (6’9, 210 lbs)

Grant Golden is the final member of the 2016 class and one of the most important. The biggest question for the Spiders coming into this season is it’s need for a rim protector. Golden will have to make his presence felt on the defensive end where the Spiders need it most. He is a versatile player on offense making him a perfect fit for Chris Mooney’s system. He will be the X-factor for the Spiders this season.

  • Kwesi Abakah, F (6’8, 225)

For the first time in program history, the Spiders landed a grad-transfer. Abakah is coming from Northeastern where he averaged 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He should provide good minutes off the bench.

Key Subtractions

  • Terry Allen, F

Allen is by far the biggest loss for the Spiders. Allen averaged 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The versatile forward was virtually unguardable during A-10 play. Allen is currently running with the Utah Jazz in the NBA Summer League.

  • Trey Davis, G

Davis was a five year player at Richmond. While he was a good defender, the Spiders aren’t losing much on offense. I think Buckingham will be a upgraded version of Davis.

  • Deion Taylor, F

Taylor showed promise during his freshman year, but back surgery altered his final 3 years. He was known for his athleticism and defense. Much like Davis, the Spiders won’t be losing much on offense.

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