RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former VCU basketball standouts Joey Rodriguez and Eric Maynor are currently in town hosting a local camp at Trinity Episcopal high school this week.
Rodriguez, who spent last season playing in Puerto Rico and Turkey, says that he enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community and catch up with some close friends.
"It feels good, you know, it's a lot more kids [this year] we're having a good time. It's good to see Eric too, I haven't seen [him] since January so it's good to have him around."
Arguably two of the most widely known VCU athletes both had abbreviated seasons last year, but for different reasons.
For Maynor, a torn ACL during the ninth game of the NBA schedule ended his season abruptly with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Rodriguez on the other hand opted to leave his team in Turkey so he could be with his wife for the birth of their child. Rodriguez announced Monday that he's returning to Turkey for another season.
Now, each point guard is working diligently to make it back on the hardwood.
"The knee is getting better," Maynor said, "I'm working out every day just trying to get back." He added that he expects to be able to play 5 on 5 next month.
Maynor also had a few words of advice for his former teammate who is playing overseas in hopes of securing an NBA roster spot one day.
"I just told him to be a true professional...both on and off the court," Maynor said.