Could VCU Rams' Shaka Smart Be the Next College Basketball Coach To Go Pro?

By Trevor Lowry
Shaka Smart
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After signing an extension with the Butler Bulldogs, it was safe to say that Brad Stevens was going to be the head coach for the foreseeable future. Apparently, those contract things don’t mean much because Stevens dashed off for the NBA to be the next head coach of the Boston Celtics. With that in mind, could VCU RamsShaka Smart be the next college basketball coach to go pro?

I am not saying that this will happen right away–if it does happen at all–because Smart will coach the Rams in the upcoming season. However, once the NBA playoffs end next year and head coaches get fired–which will happen–I am sure Smart’s name will pop up when talking about college coaches going pro.

The only person who really knows if Smart will leave VCU for the NBA is none other than Smart.

However, the Rams are set to possibly have one of their best seasons in school history. Many players are returning to the team and VCU has a great chance of winning the Atlantic 10 Conference. Not to mention, this is a team that earned a No. 5 seed in last year’s dance and won 27 games on the season. If VCU really does meet expectations or exceeds them, just imagine the seed that they will earn in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

VCU seems to be a great gig right now, thanks to Smart. Who knows if he will dash off to the NBA in the future, but after Stevens doing so, it is a definite possibility. Hopefully there is something in Smart’s contract that says he can’t do so for at least a couple of years, but who knows and who really understands contracts these days, since they are always broken.

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