VIDEO: V.J. Beachem interview

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WANE) – Thanks to Tuesday night’s 87-72 win over Fort Wayne the Irish improved to 9-0 on the season with New Haven High School grad V.J. Beachem leading the charge.

A senior, Beachem is one of three captains on this year’s team. The six-foot-eight swingman is second on the team at 16.8 points a game. He’s shooting 44 percent from the floor – including 36 percent on threes – and 83 percent from the line.

Beachem, who declared for the NBA Draft last summer only to return for his senior season, scored 14 points and snagged eight rebounds against his hometown Mastodons.