The VCU Rams got to work on Saturday by landing an extremely key player out of the 2017 class. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, point guard Lavar Batts has dished out a pledge to the Rams.
The 6-2, 160-pound floor general is a four-star player out of Concord, North Carolina (Jay M Robinson). 247Sports pegs Batts as the No. 22 point guard in the 2017 class, the No. 1 player in the state of North Carolina, and yes, he is a top 100 prospect as well (No. 99).
Batts’ offer sheet stretches a long way. He has received a ton of interest throughout his recruiting cycle, most notably from programs such as North Carolina State, Florida State, Butler, Wake Forest and Clemson. He originally narrowed his decision down to the Tigers and the Rams before settling on the latter.
The point guard is fresh off of his official visit to VCU on Friday. Head coach Will Wade, who has been keeping tabs on Batts by attending games, was the primary recruiter.
The future Ram – if it holds – guided Robinson to the school’s first ever North Carolina 3A State Championship last season, edging Fayeteville Sanford by a final score of 59-55. Batts had 16 points, five assists and notably assisted on the game-winning bucket.
He averaged 20.7 points during that season, and his 1,304 career points is a new Robinson record. Per the Charlotte Observer, the guard is a three-time, first-team all-conference selection, twice in the Charlotte-based MECKA 4A and in the South Piedmont 3A in 2015, a league that is mostly comprised of Cabarrus County teams. He was honored as South Piedmont conference player of the year.