New Offers, And A Top UVA Target Reportedly Closing In On A Decision

The April 28-30 Live Evaluation Period has come and gone, and while Division 1 men’s basketball recruiting is now in a Quiet Period, quite a bit of UVA-related news has come forth from this past Sunday on. We begin with coveted 4-star class of 2018 guard Prentiss Hubb, who should be finishing up his first official visit today.

Notre Dame is the first school to host the Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) star point guard on an official visit, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reported on Monday. We also learn in this report that the 6’2”, 170-pound Hubb now has a final four of Maryland, Notre Dame, Villanova and Virginia, and is likely to make his college choice in the next few weeks.

UVA offered the lefty guard on February 27, 2016, following the Cavaliers’ home win over North Carolina. Coach Tony Bennett likes Hubb as a point guard.

“He’s definitely a point guard on the next level,” Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner said of Hubb in an earlier article on “We try to play two points at the same time. On the AAU circuit, Prentiss has the ball in his hands a lot of the time.”

Hubb is one of a handful of rising senior point guard targets who have been high on UVA’s wish list for quite some time. Other than UNC pledge Coby White (UNC), those targets are uncommitted. Hubb seems likely to be the next off the board, though, and if UVA misses out there are others the Cavaliers are in good standing with. Still, Coach Tony Bennett and company have continued to scour the country for other potential class of 2018 point guard prospects and have extended two new offers at the position this week …

New Offers

Coach Bennett has offered scholarships to five class of 2018 prospects the past few weeks. Following the first April Live Evaluation Period (April 21-23), Virginia offered post David McCormack. Four new backcourt scholarships have gone out since the conclusion of the second Evaluation period. McDonogh (Owings Mills, MD) shooting guard Noah Locke was the first recipient. Yesterday, we learned that the Wahoos have now offered point guards Devon Dotson and David Duke as well as wing AJ Reeves (per Andrew Slater of 247).

Dotson, a 6’2” point guard out of Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.), has been outstanding in two sessions on the Under Armour AAU circuit this spring. In seven games he is averaging 18.7 points (48-91 from the field, 11-of-25 from 3, 24-of-31 from the FT), 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.7 steals, and 4 turnovers per contest. He is a consensus 4-star prospect, and the Charlotte Observer wonders whether or not he will reach McDonald’s All-American status.

Just yesterday Dotson scored offers from Virginia, Arizona, and Miami. Butler offered the day before. Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Louisville, NC State, Villanova and Wake Forest reportedly offered earlier in the process.

Duke, who is listed as being around 6’3” or 6’4”, is a rising senior at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Reeves, who is listed by some sites as being 6’5” and others as 6’6”, attends Brimmer and May in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Both play for the Mass Rivals team on the Adidas AAU circuit.

Reeves is a consensus 4-star recruit and currently the more highly rated of the two going by the four major recruiting services (Scout, Rivals, 247 and ESPN). The sharpshooting two-guard has reported offers from Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Creighton, Louisville, NC State, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Duke, who is listed by some sites as a point guard and others as a shooting guard, has two 4-star ratings (Rivals and Scout) and reported offers from Connecticut, Creighton, Florida, Kansas, Northwestern, Providence, Rhode Island, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

In the first two AAU sessions of 2017, Duke is averaging 9.9 points (40.6 FG%), 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.5 turnovers per game. Reeves has averaged 12.1 points per contest, making 45.7% from 3 in the process.

Both Duke and Reeves visited UVA unofficially last June 19. There are Twitter photos from that visit below (Reeves is pictured with future Virginia Tech point guard Wabissa Bede).