SIOUX FALLS, SD (WRIC) — Briante Weber’s heart was pounding 1,000 miles a minute at the opening tipoff of the Sioux Falls Skyforce home game vs. the Westchester Knicks on Saturday. It was the VCU graduate’s first start since January 31st, 2015, exactly one year ago on Sunday.
Weber tore his ACL in a loss to the Richmond Spiders last season, cutting his VCU career short and shy of breaking the NCAA record for most career steals.
364 days later, Weber took the court as a starter and delivered an inspired performance: 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and three assists. At times it looked like Weber was his old self again, something he desperately wanted to return to during his eight month rehabilitation.
The Skyforce lost to the Knicks 110-100, the output by Weber was the real win for Sioux Falls and their NBA affiliate, the Miami Heat.
Weber signed on with the Heat in October of 2015, with the knowledge that he could continue his rehab and that the three time NBA champion franchise would be watching him with extreme interest.
There’s no telling when or if Weber will make the jump from D-League to NBA, let alone it being with the Miami Heat; for now, Weber and the entire VCU basketball program, fanbase can celebrate the return of the man, former Rams head coach Shaka Smart coined, “the personification of Havoc.”