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Will Wade: There’s still respect to be earned

Virginia Commonwealth head coach Will Wade gestures as he answers a question during a news conference ahead of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Will Wade isn’t resting on his laurels.

The 33-year old head coach is on the heels of leading VCU to a 25-win season and a win in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, but still feels his program has something to prove.

“There’s still respect to be earned,” Wade said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “We’re picked third in the Atlantic 10. We don’t have anybody on the first-team all-league and we don’t have anybody who the pundits think is one of the five best players in the league. We’ve got to stay on edge.”

The Rams started out 5-5 during their first 10 games a year ago, but rallied to win a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title for the first time ever.

VCU returns seven of its top nine scorers from last year’s team that lost to Oklahoma in the Round of 32, but loses its top player in Melvin Johnson (17.4 points in 15-16).

Wade was an assistant under Shaka Smart when VCU reached the Final Four in 2011.

He spent two years as the head coach of Chattanooga before taking his current post.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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