Both players are listed as guards, with Clark a 5’9”, 155-pound point guard and Stattmann a 6’7”, 178-pound shooting guard.
“We are excited to welcome Kihei and Kody into the Virginia men’s basketball family,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said in this press release. “Both of these young men bring a lot skill, competitiveness and great character to our program. Kihei and Kody understand the value of a degree from UVA and we are looking forward to them joining our program next fall.”
Clark hails from Taft Charter High School (Woodland Hills, CA), where he averaged 18.9 points and 7.1 assists per game last season as a junior. He set a school record for assists in a single game with 22 as a sophomore. This past offseason, the 247Sports Composite and ESPN 3-star recruit helped the Oakland Soldiers capture the 2017 Nike Peach Jam Championship.
Stattmann, who attends St. Augustine’s College and is a native of Bentley Park, Queensland, Australia, showed off his offensive prowess when he averaged 31 points per game while helping the Australian U17 Emus Men’s Basketball squad to a gold medal in the FIBA Oceania Championships in Guam. He also played at the Adidas Nations AAU event two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2017.
“Both are not 5-star prospects, but both possess a level of skill and I think a level of mental toughness,” UVA associate head coach Ron Sanchez told Jeff White on White’s Wahoo Central Podcast. (Click here to hear the full podcast, which is always an excellent listen.) “Both are young. I mean Kody, I think he just turned 17 this summer, so their best basketball is still ahead of them. They’ll need some physical development and so on, but their basketball IQ, their character component, and all the things that this institution and this program values are definitely there.”
Below are tweets from the new Hoos as well as a tweet that includes photos of Clark signing his letter of intent. Stay tuned to TheSabre.com for on these two throughout their senior seasons.
I'm stoked to be apart of the fam! https://t.co/JSJIDzqCDv
— Kihei Clark (@ClarkKihei) November 10, 2017
Boys Basketball: Signed, Sealed, Delivered To The ACC… Taft’s Kihei Clark Has Officially Signed With The University Of Virginia Cavaliers In Charlottesville, VA. @UVAMensHoops #Wahoowa pic.twitter.com/zXRCDEHoOx
— Rene Lopez (@renelopez19) November 9, 2017
— Kody Stattmann (@kodystatt) November 10, 2017