The Virginia basketball program is on the board with a commitment in the class of 2018.
Kody Stattmann, a wing prospect out of Queensland, Australia, announced late Monday night (August 28) that he will play for Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett. In addition to UVA, Stattmann also received interest from Missouri, New Mexico, Stanford and St. Mary’s.
Happy to Announce that I will play my college basketball at the University of Virginia for Coach Tony Bennett.
“GO HOOS” pic.twitter.com/2qh3tTyzuJ
— Kody Stattmann (@kodystatt) August 29, 2017
With Stattmann in the fold, Virginia now projects to have four scholarship wing players on its 2018/2019 roster. Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter, Marco Anthony and Stattmann are the projected wings, joining point guard Ty Jerome as well as posts Jack Salt, Mamadi Diakite, Jay Huff and Francesco Badocchi. The Cavaliers have four scholarships left to use in 2018.
Count North Queensland head coach Shane Froling among those high on Stattmann’s potential. In this article by The Cairns Post, Froling said the following about the new Hoo commit, who is listed anywhere from 6’5″ to 6’7″.
“If he continues to develop, there is no reason he cannot be at that level,” Froling said. “He has the ability to shoot it, be long and get to the rim, his whole game is NBA potential.
“That does not mean he will make the NBA, he still has a lot to work on, he needs to get mentally and physically tougher.
“Kody has the Andrew Gaze body type, he is a 6’5 (196cm) guard that can really shoot it.
“The sky is the limit for him.”
Various other basketball reporters have touted Stattmann as well, including Rivals.com’s Corey Evans, who named the promising prospect to his All-World team at the 2017 Adidas Nations.
Virginia adds 2018 Aussie wing Kody Stattmann. One of the top international shooters. Underrated passer, too. Good potential out top
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) August 29, 2017
Kody Stattmann, a 2018 wing out of Queensland, has announced his commitment to Virginia. A 6’7, long shooter. Super high ceiling.
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) August 29, 2017
Potential D1 player in 2018 or 2019. Knockdown shooter, ’00 born with solid size for a 2 guard
— mike gribanov (@mikegrib8) August 7, 2017
Stattmann has played in the Adidas Nations each of the past two years. Highlights of his performance in this year’s event are below.