Virginia Basketball Recruiting: July Evaluation Period No. 2 Kicks Off

Following the first of three Live Evaluation sessions in July, Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett extended two scholarship offers in the class of 2018. Cedar Falls (IA) point guard AJ Green and Liberty County (GA) combo guard Will Richardson were the recipients.

Additionally, multiple outlets reported that UVA offered 6’6” class of 2019 wing Josiah James out of South Carolina following July’s first Evaluation period. And DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) head coach Mike Jones revealed on July 18 that Virginia has now offered Stags class of 2020 center Hunter Dickinson.

The second of three July Evaluation periods kicked off at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (July 19) and concludes Sunday (July 23) at 5 p.m. With three major events – Peach Jam, the Adidas Gauntlet Finale, and the Under Armour Finals – taking place in the first period, tracking where the Cavalier staff was scouting was quite a bit easier than the rest of July figures to be, with numerous smaller events taking place. We do know, though, that Bennett began this week’s scouting in Philadelphia for the Under Armour All-American Camp.

Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly tops the list of known UVA targets at the UA All-American Camp (click here for the full list of high school participants at this camp). Other class of 2018 prospects of note here are point guard Devon Dotson, combo guard Elijah Weaver, wing Saddiq Bey, and post Riley Battin.

Quinerly is a name Virginia fans should be very familiar with by now, as he has been Virginia’s top target in the class of 2018 for some time. The Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, N.J.) rising senior has narrowed his list to Arizona, Kansas, Seton Hall, Stanford, UCLA, Villanova and Virginia. He has taken an official to Arizona and reportedly will take officials to UCLA and Kansas in September.

Dotson did not include Virginia when he released his top 8 last month. However, the Cavaliers remain in pursuit according to our sources. Bey and Battin are on Virginia’s radar and being evaluated, though neither has an offer yet. Weaver appeared to be a prime target of Virginia’s earlier this spring. Recently, however, it appears Virginia hasn’t shown as much interest. We’ll see if anything changes after this period.

Wednesday night, Virginia assistants were also spotted at the Super 6 Session in Atlanta (GA), the NY2LA Summer Jam in Milwaukee (WI), and the Victor Oladipo Skills Camp in Washington D.C.

AOT defeated Team Loaded NC in the 6 p.m. round of games at the Super 6 Session. Rising senior shooting guard Trey Wertz and shooting guard/small forward Landers Nolley have been linked with the Hoos previously. Neither has an offer at this point. AOT includes class of 2019 wing Isaac Okoro of McEachern High School in Georgia. Okoro is being evaluated by Virginia but has not been offered. He reportedly picked up an offer from Alabama following Wednesday night’s performance.

The aforementioned Will Richardson and Each 1 Teach 1 are also at the Super 6 Session.

Team Loaded VA, which features class of 2018 post David McCormack, class of 2018 point guard Jaelin Llewellyn, and class of 2019 post Armando Bacot, is played in the NY2LA event. Virginia has offered all three prospects, with the Norfolk native McCormack being the Cavaliers’ top target in the post in his class.

UVA is expected to be represented at the Adidas Select VI in Richmond (VA), where Team Loaded VA and Team Loaded NC are expected to play over the weekend.

Cavalier class of 2018 targets Noah Locke (SG, McDonogh HS in Owings Mills, MD) and Michael Devoe (PG, Montverde Academy in FL) as well as class of 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach are among the talents at the Oladipo Camp. Virginia has offered all three prospects. Locke, a 6’2”, 180-pound rising senior, added scholarships from West Virginia, NC State, Florida State, Kansas, and Oklahoma State after the first July Evaluation period began. His stock has been rising rapdily throughout the spring and summer.

All the prospects mentioned above have been linked with UVA previously. However, you can be sure that Coach Bennett and staff have other players on their board. AJ Green, for example, was not thought to be on Virginia’s radar before an offer came last Sunday (July 16).

Stay tuned to as we track any Virginia-related recruiting info that comes out of this second July Evaluation session.