PJ Byrd Commits to VCU
If there’s one thing all VCU fans know, it’s that no matter the season, the Point Guard position is never lacking. With Maynor, Rodriguez, Theus, Weber, Lewis and Williams, we Ram fans have had the luxury of having a decade’s worth of great floor generals. This trend looks like it will continue with the Rams’ latest signee, PJ Byrd.
Byrd is a 6’1 senior at Fort Bend Bush High School in Richmond, Texas, and is a true point guard that any coach would love to have. He’s been dubbed as, “one of the best passers in his class” but can score in various ways as well. He possesses tremendous IQ in the pick & roll, and that combined with his solid outside jumper, forces defenders to pick their poison in screening situations. Add in his crafty ball handling and phenomenal vision, and you get a perfect fit for Coach Rhoades’ up-tempo, drive and kick offense.
Byrd serves as Coach Rhoades’ first high school commit, 2nd overall, as the Rams’ Head Coach. This commitment not only shows that Rhoades still has ties in Texas, but that he also is using VCU’s old school style of recruiting. Ignoring star ratings and getting guys that fit, and buy, into the coach’s system is what built the Rams’ program. While recruiting season for the 2018 class is nowhere near complete, I feel as though this recruiting class will be made up of mainly “system” guys. With that being said, Rhoades’ is a great recruiter and VCU is a great program, so I’m sure the 2019 class will have some of those blockbuster commitments we’ve seen the past few years. Nonetheless, Byrd is a stud and will grow into another VCU point guard great. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Byrd and the Rams’ basketball program.