Tracking The Evaluation Period: UVa Recruits Shine

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The Virginia men’s basketball coaches scouted a lot of younger talent during July Evaluation Period no. 2. One of the top storylines, though, continues to be the play of Cavalier class of 2016 commits Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome.

Guy had himself a week. The University of Virginia-bound combo guard was in Brookville, New York, this week for the Adidas All-American Camp. Competing against some of the nation’s top high school talents, the 6’3″ Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN) rising senior averaged 21.3 points per game in four games at Long Island University’s Pratt Center. Guy shot a torrid 60.3-percent from the field, making 11 of 22 3-point attempts and 10 of 13 free throws in those four games. His assist-to-turnover ratio was 3:1.

Guy created more of a buzz with his play at Harlem’s famed Rucker Park, where he scored 14 points including this dunk…

Following his performance in New York, Guy took a friendly jab at friend and fellow UVa class of 2016 commitment Ty Jerome, who attends Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York.


The 6’4″ combo guard was in Chicago, Illinois, this week, competing for the USA East team in the 2015 Nike Global Challenge. USA East, which also featured top UVa class of 2017 point guard target Matt Coleman, went 2-2, picking up wins over China and Pan Africa before falling to USA South and USA Midwest.

Jerome played well, averaging 11.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.5 turnovers per game. He shot 18-33 from the field including 4-10 from beyond the arc and made 6-7 free throws.

Jerome was praised by USA East coach Joe Arbitello following the event. Arbitello is head coach at Christ The King in Middle Village, N.Y.


– Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post spotted Virginia’s Tony Bennett at the Ty Lawson/Victor Oladipo All-American Camp last Friday. Coach Bennett was there earlier in the week as well. Per Giannotto, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) class of 2017 point guard Chris Lykes was one of the players Bennett was evaluating.

Lykes had 23 points in his opening game at this camp and followed up with a 15-point performance and then a 19-point, 8-assist performance. George Washington, ODU and Richmond are among the schools that have offered.

Prior tot he Lawson/Oladipo camp, Coach Bennett spoke with 6’3″, 200-pound combo guard Jagan Mosely (read the EDGE report by clicking here). Mosely was at DeMatha Catholic H.S. for this event as well, and no doubt the St. Anthony’s (Jersey City, N.J.) rising senior was further evaluated by Bennett. Harvard, Pittsburgh, Temple and Xavier are among the schools that have offered the Garden State standout.

– New Virginia assistant Brad Soderberg was spotted at the NY2LA Summer Jam this past Saturday, watching the Wisconsin Playmakers versus the Northern Kings.
Soderberg and/or other UVa coaches were spotted watching a 15U matchup between the MacIrvin Fire (Illinois) and the Louisville Magic, as well as the 15U matchup between the MacIrvin Fire and Jets United at NY2LA’s event.

UVa was represented at the Under Armour Association Finals watching the We-R1 and the Philly Pride in 16U action on this past Saturday.

– Per On The Radar Hoops, UVa is expressing serious interest in 6’7″, 200-pound forward Tyler Polley of Sagemont (Weston, FL). UAB, LSU and USC are the reported offers at this point.

– On Sunday, news broke that Virginia has extended a scholarship offer to Park View (South Hill, VA) rising sophomore wing Keldon Johnson. Cincinnati and Virginia Tech offered the 6’5″ prospect within the past few weeks as well.

Johnson was one of the younger participants at last week’s Adidas All-American Camp. We know Tony Bennett was there at least one day, and obviously he was impressed with the in-state standout. Johnson averaged almost 8 points per game in five games while in New York, scoring in double digits twice (12 and 12).

– 247Sports updated its class of 2016 rankings over the weekend. Cavalier commits Jerome (no. 34) and Guy (no. 39) are now among the Top 40 recruits in the nation. Both are rated as 4-star players.

– The final July Evaluation Period takes place this week. It begins Wednesday, July 22, and lasts through Sunday, July 26.

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