VCU coach Mike Rhoades added versatile frontcourt help Saturday when Longwood University transfer and former Benedictine player Khris Lane committed to the Rams.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound forward has one year of immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer. He had narrowed his choices to VCU and Pittsburgh.
“It’s home,” Lane said.
Lane, who can operate inside or from the perimeter, averaged 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds last season for the Lancers, who finished 6-24. He shot 53.7 percent and was 32 of 95 (33.7 percent) on 3-pointers.
He scored 30 or more points three times and had six double-doubles.
“I just feel comfortable here with the coaching staff,” Lane said.
“I had a lot of opportunities to come play right away, but it was important that I had the right system where I could fit in and had a coach who wanted to utilize my strengths — me stretching the floor, shooting pick-and-pop 3s, but also being able to go down there and bang and post up when I need to. He wants me to be versatile.”
Lane, who also attended Meadowbrook High and Trinity Episcopal, where he played with former Ram Torey Burston, averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds as a senior at Benedictine.
He originally signed with Drexel. Coming back from a broken ankle early in his freshman season, his weight ballooned to 278 pounds and he had to remake his body with training and diet. He played seven minutes in four games and transferred to Longwood to be closer to home. Lane sat out the 2014-15 season under NCAA transfer rules, then averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Lancers as a sophomore
He helps fill a need for VCU up front. The Rams have 6-7 senior forward Justin Tillman returning inside and possibly 6-9 forward Ahmed Hamdy, who is exploring transfer options.
The Rams add perimeter forwards Issac Vann (6-6 sophomore) and Sean Mobley (6-9 freshman), and interior forward Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7 freshman). Vann sat out last season after transferring from Maine, where he averaged 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.
“It’s going to be amazing,” Lane said. “VCU has some of the best fans in the country. They’re crazy about basketball. I wanted to go to a school that was basketball-first and really put basketball in the forefront of the school. The fact that I had the opportunity to come home with some of the best fans in the country is going to be great.”
Lane is the second transfer commitment for Rhoades, who was named VCU’s coach on March 21. Guard Marcus Evans, who averaged 19 and 21.4 points the past two seasons under Rhoades at Rice, recently announced he was joining the Rams. He will sit out next year and then will have two seasons of eligibility.