Justin Anderson’s decision to enter the NBA Draft and B.J. Stith’s earlier transfer leaves the University of Virginia men’s basketball program with two open scholarship spots for the 2015/2016 season. The scholarship breakdown of next season’s roster now looks like this:
POINT GUARDS: London Perrantes (JR), Darius Thompson (SOPH)
WINGS: Malcolm Brogdon (SR), Evan Nolte (SR), Devon Hall (SOPH), Marial Shayok (SOPH)
POSTS: Anthony Gill (SR), Mike Tobey (SR), Isaiah Wilkins (SOPH), Jack Salt (R-FR), Jarred Reuter (FR)
So what will Bennett and company do with the two open scholarship spots? With Anderson-to-the-NBA now official, I expect we’ll know which targets they are pursuing very soon. For now, though, there has been little information in terms of which players — transfers, junior college prospects, or high school seniors — Bennett and company are definitely pursuing.
Verbalcommits.com has an extensive and sortable transfer list. Click here to view it. Bringing in a graduate transfer wing with immediately eligibility who could add instant scoring makes sense. As does bringing in a post transfer who would have several years of eligibility beginning in 2016/2017.
In terms of high school or junior college players, the staff reportedly expressed some interest this past season in JUCO shooting guard Ty Outlaw. The question is just how interested Bennett is in Outlaw, and at this point we don’t know that. To our knowledge he does not have an offer at this point.
On the high school front, LC Bird (Chesterfield, VA) shooting guard Kenny Williams reportedly has received a release from the LOI he signed with VCU. Will the Hoos make a play for him? We don’t know that yet, either. At this point, unfortunately there are more questions than answers with respect to what Virginia will do with the two open spots in 2015/2016. I think the answers will be known soon, though.