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VCU’s Bones Hyland Named 2021 A10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year

Three other Rams were also honored. Junior forward Vince Williams Jr. (Third Team), sophomore forward Hason Ward (All-Defensive Team) and Adrian “Ace” Baldwin Jr. (All-Rookie Team) also earned postseason honors from the A-10.

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VCU issued the following press release today.

VCU sophomore guard Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday as part of its end-of-year awards. Junior forward Vince Williams Jr. (Third Team), sophomore forward Hason Ward (All-Defensive Team) and Adrian “Ace” Baldwin Jr. (All-Rookie Team) also earned postseason honors from the A-10.

Hyland is the first Ram to win a conference Player of the Year honor since Eric Maynor captured back-to-back awards in the CAA in 2008 and 2009. The Wilmington, Del. native is the first VCU sophomore to win league Player of the Year since Calvin Duncan claimed the Sun Belt Conference’s top honor in 1982-83. Hyland was also named First Team All-Atlantic 10. The Rams have placed a player on the A-10’s First Team in eight of nine seasons since they joined the league in 2012-13.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard is averaging a league-best 19.4 points per game, as well as 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. His 2.9 three-point field goals per game also leads the conference. He scored 30 more points on three occasions this season, and his three double-doubles lead the team. Hyland has scored in double figures in 22 of 23 contests this year.

Hyland’s breakout campaign helped VCU defy preseason expectations on the way to a 19-6 record and the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. He poured in 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Rams’ A-10 quarterfinal win over Dayton. Hyland’s play has helped propel VCU into the A-10 Championship Game for the first time since 2017.

In addition, Williams claimed a spot on the Atlantic 10 Third Team. It’s the first All-Conference honor for Williams, who increased his scoring to 10.6 points (from 4.2) and 5.1 rebounds (from 2.8) in 2020-21. The 6-6 forward from Toledo, Ohio is also second on the team in assists with 48 and 3-pointers 41. Williams is shooting .418 (41-of-98) from long range this season.

Ward’s shot-blocking ability earned him a place on the league’s All-Defensive Team. The St. Thomas, Barbados native is averaging 2.4 blocks per game, second in the conference. He ranks ninth nationally in block percentage (12.4). The 6-9 forward has also provided 16 steals, and is averaging 6.5 points and 5.2 rebounds, while shooting .580 from the floor.

Baldwin has been named to the A-10’s All-Rookie Team. The Baltimore, Md. point guard started all 25 games for the Rams and averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. His 111 assists are the second-most by a freshman in school history. In addition, Baldwin typically draws the opposing team’s best offensive player, and has provided outstanding on-ball defense to the nation’s 11th-ranked defense, according to KenPom.com.

VCU (19-6) will return to the floor on Sunday, March 14 when it meets St. Bonaventure (15-4) in the A-10 Championship Game at Dayton’s UD Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. on CBS.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters on Friday at Forest Hill Park

The weather hasn’t been kind to this year’s Movies in the park hopefully we’ll luck out.

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This Friday night Richmond VA Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is showing Ghostbusters (the original Bill Murray classic) at Forest Hill Park. Bring your blanket, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The movie starts when it’s dark enough.

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Henrico County asking for public input on proposed safety improvements on Horsepen Road, Glenside Drive

Bike lanes, crosswalks, and turn lanes are among the suggestions for the area between Forest Avenue and Patterson.

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The Henrico County Department of Public Works is looking at ways to improve safety on Horsepen Road and Glenside Drive. Bike lanes, crosswalks, and turn lanes are among the suggestions for the area between Forest Avenue and Patterson.

A description of the project can be found in the below video.

The county is asking residents to submit comments on the proposed changes by August 6th at the following link:    https://forms.gle/JnmEPjKKxPzmRE2Y7

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Bank of America Near O’Toole’s Closing Permanently

The bank closed “temporarily” at the start of the Covid-19 crisis. The temporary closure is now permanent.

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From Richmond BizSense.com.

The ATM onsite will remain operational for 18 months following the closure. Bank of America owns the Forest Hill property. It did not say what it will do with the real estate going forward.

The bank said the closure is part of its continued efforts to monitor the performance of its retail branches as mobile and online banking become more prevalent and to close those that are seeing a decline in foot traffic.

The building will be closed in September.

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