NOTES FROM TWITTER
Via Twitter, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) head coach Jason Smith touted University of Virginia-bound power forward Jarred Reuter.
Not sure people realize how special of a passing team this was at Brewster! @JarredReuter22 is best passing big we've ever had.
— Jason Smith (@BrewsterHoops) April 7, 2015
In two years at Brewster, Reuter helped the Bobcats to two consecutive NEPSAC Class AAA and National Prep championships. In addition to being noted for his passing, the 6’8″, 245-pound senior has also been described as “physical and aggressive” by his coach.
“What stands out about Jarred is how physical he is. He thrives on contact,” Smith told TheSabre.com in an interview last year. “He is about 245 pounds, and he has no qualms about throwing his weight around. Jarred is very aggressive. Even though he plays physical, he is an excellent passer for his size. You watch his highlights and he’s not flying around and dunking on people, but he’s physical and aggressive. His basketball IQ and strength separate him from some others.”
Offensively, Smith says Reuter is “polished and poised in the post. He knows how to score with his back to the basket.”
Reuter will enroll at Virginia on June 15. He is currently the only member of UVa’s class of 2015; however, B.J. Stith’s transfer has opened up a scholarship spot for the upcoming season.
Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) class of 2016 combo guard Ty Jerome, a Virginia commit, took to Twitter to express his optimism regarding UVa’s immediate future under head coach Tony Bennett.
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GUY GETS MORE RECOGNITION
Virginia class of 2016 commit and Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN) combo guard Kyle Guy earned second-team IndyStar boys basketball Super Team honors for his performance this past season. Click here to read the article.
Guy, who shot 43-percent from 3-point range while averaging over 20 points per game, has also been named to the IndyStar Junior All-State and IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Supreme 15 squads this year. He has been selected to play in the 2015 NBPA Top 100, but he won’t be able to attend because he’ll be on vacation.
SCHOLARSHIP SPOT OPEN
The aforementioned departure of guard B.J. Stith means head coach Tony Bennett has some options this spring. UVa can add to its 2015 Class with a high school senior, take a graduate transfer (eligible immediately), take a regular transfer (eligible after sitting out one season), or pocket the spot for use next year. I believe Bennett is open to all options, though I have my doubts about the graduate transfer option given the time it takes to learn the Pack Line.
On the high school front, if, say, a Kenny Williams becomes available, I could see Virginia making a run. The Chesterfield (VA) L.C. Bird shooting guard signed a letter of intent with VCU last November, but Shaka Smart is off to Texas and Williams is at least weighing his options. The Richmond Times-Dispatch spoke with Williams yesterday regarding the Rams’ hiring of Will Wade (click here for the article).
If Williams, who would bolster any team’s scoring and shooting ability, does ask for a release there is no guarantee he would end up at UVa. Given Virginia’s success, need for scoring, and location, I would think the Skyhawks star would at least consider the Hoos.
Junior College wing Ty Outlaw is available and is a popular name among the Virginia fan base. According to this report from JucoRecruiting.com, the Cavaliers evaluated the 6’6″ prospect in March; however, as of this writing there is no indication that Virginia has offered. Outlaw appears to be on the radar, so he is definitely one to keep in mind in the weeks ahead.
UVa could use some more scoring punch from the outside. If the right prospect becomes available, I definitely think Bennett would pursue them. A frontcourt transfer would be ideal as well, in my opinion.
Anthony Gill transferred following his freshman year at South Carolina, sat out a year, and then had three years of eligibility remaining. If the Hoos can get a frontcourt transfer who would have two or three years of eligibility remaining after sitting, I think that would be an ideal scenario with Gill and Tobey exiting after the 2015/2016 season.