Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart is not just one of the best young coaches in college basketball, he’s one of the best coaches in the college game period.
Smart’s Rams have won at least 27 games in each of his four seasons in Richmond. In his second season as head coach (2010-11), Smart’s squad advanced to the Final Four.
VCU’s calling card is their distressing full-court press, appropriately named “Havoc.” No other college basketball team creates the kind of chaos and mayhem that the Ram’s do.
This is not just something that Smart pulls out every now and then. He keeps the Rams consistently in attack mode.
Last year, they were No. 1 in the nation in steals (11.7 SPG), steals percentage (17 percent) and turnover percentage (28.5 percent).
With five players flying around, VCU forces tempo and creates fatigue more effectively than any other college basketball team in recent memory.