Spiders vs. Rams: Showdown at #BarclaysCenter


BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University will unleash their grisly style, HAVOC, inside the Barclays Center at 6:30 p.m. ET.

There is not really much to see here, read on if you must.

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I interned as the basketball team’s videographer for roughly two years. I befriended the graduate assistants, the coaches, a few of their players. They may never see this post, and I am completely fine with that.

I assure, more importantly, that they may never fully grasp or understand how thankful I am for entrusting me to film their practices, games and offseason workouts.

Because at the end of road, filming was deeper than moving a camera left to right, from right to left. Watching them grew on me. I made it personal and ended up learning invaluable life lessons that I will apply for the rest of my life.

Through the lenses I witnessed some of the players’ greatest and lowest times in their development. Mind you, I am not a basketball-minded person. I couldn’t even conceive the possibility of someday being qualified (as a candidate) to do this task.

No camera experience. Zero basketball IQ.

My whole life I was usually the kid chosen last, and even with that, none of my teammates, albeit a pickup game or organized tournament, willingly passed me the ball to take an open shot. Sounds like a bit exaggerated, I know, but I really sucked at helping my squad win basketball games.

I won’t forget one of the defining moments in my personal growth.

I went up to block one of the coaches, got Charlie-horsed and came down hard. Coach Smart looked at me and said, “GET UP SON!”

Funniest, meaningful moment-ever. In that split second, he taught to get up immediately and run back with the others regardless of my sharp thigh pain.

I limped for the remainder of the game and again found myself contributing to a losing effort. Cool. Cooled.

To be continued…

#LetsGoVCU #VCU #A10Tournament

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