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VCU fortified its guard depth Tuesday, adding Nah’Shon Hyland to its incoming 2019 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3 Hyland, who played high school ball at St. Georges Tech in Middleton, Del., has a four-star composite rating from 247Sports. He will fill the scholarship opened up by the transfer of rising sophomore point guard P.J. Byrd on May 17.

Hyland, whose nickname is “Bones,” has signed his national letter of intent, and VCU formally announced his arrival Tuesday.

“Nah’Shon fits VCU Basketball,” VCU coach Mike Rhoades said in a statement. “He will bring great energy and ability, and will compliment our style of play. Bones, along with his incoming classmates, will work hard to move our program forward. We are excited to have Nah’Shon and his family as a part of Ram Nation.”

Among Hyland’s other offers were Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island, La Salle, Boston College, Connecticut and Temple.

As a senior at St. Georges Tech this past season, Hyland averaged 26.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals, according to the Delaware News Journal. The Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association named him all-state player of the year.

Hyland bounced back after enduring a house fire in March 2018 that killed his grandmother and 11-month-old cousin. Hyland suffered a knee injury when he jumped from his second-floor bedroom window to escape the fire.

On the AAU circuit this spring, Hyland has averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 11 games for WeR1 in the Under Armour Association.

VCU now has four scholarship players in its incoming freshman class. Hyland joins guards Tre Clark and Jarren McAllister, and forward Hason Ward. The Rams also add St. Christopher’s guard Arnold Henderson VI as a walk-on.

At point guard, the Rams return Marcus Evans as a fifth-year senior. Evans led VCU with averages of 13.6 points and 3.2 assists last season and was an Atlantic 10 all-conference first-team selection. Both Hyland and Clark could be options to back up Evans.

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