Shuler Takes Advantage of Stateside Time

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Former VCU basketball player Jamal Shuler is back in Richmond this month for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, the former Ram got married on Saturday.  He's also sharpening his basketball skills by playing in the Tri-Cities Summer League at Big Ben's Court and is hoping to impress an NBA team at some point.

Shuler has spent the last three seasons playing in Europe since his time at VCU came to an end.  Last season he played for Vichy in the French League and performed well.  Shuler averaged 16 points and 33 minutes per game, seeing time in 30 contests during the season.  The highlights of his season came back in February, when he hit a buzzer beater from beyond half-court to give his team a 76-74 victory.

During his time at VCU, Shuler played in an NCAA Tournament and played with most of the seniors on the 2011 team that reached the Final Four.  He was also teammates with Eric Maynor, current Oklahoma City Thunder guard, who is the captain of a team in the Tri-Cities Summer League.  Shuler is playing on Maynor's team during the session.  While Maynor has already reached the NBA, Shuler says he's given himself a six year timetable since leaving VCU to get there.  This upcoming season will be his fourth in Europe.

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