Virginia Basketball Recruiting Notes: Coveted 2020 PG Lands Cavalier Offer

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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett kicked off the second April Live Evaluation Period by extending a scholarship offer to point guard Nico Mannion, who has already become one of the most prized recruits in the class of 2020.

The Pinnacle (Phoenix, AZ) product boasts an impressive scholarship list, which included the following prior to the Virginia offer: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida State, Kansas, Marquette, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Utah and Villanova, among others. Mannion, who plays for West Coast Elite on the UA Association, is rated a 5-star recruit by 247Sports and a high 4-star by Rivals. Courtside Films produced the following video of the top sophomore last weekend …

UVA Watches Morsell, Who Continues To Shine

Multiple sources, including Adam Zagoria and Hooz Got Next, report that Virginia was on hand at the Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis Friday night (April 27). The Hoos were linked initially with Team Takeover, which typically features Cavalier class of 2019 commitment Casey Morsell as well as class of 2020 targets Jeremy Roach and Hunter Dickinson. Those players were there, but this weekend they have been joined by Richmond (VA) area native and top class of 2019 power forward Armando Bacot.

Morsell, a guard out of St. John’s (Washington, D.C.), had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 from 3) to help Team Takeover to a 24-point victory over Boston Amateur Basketball Club. Team Takeover remains perfect in EYBL “regular season” play at 5-0. Saturday they’ll face fellow unbeaten Woodz Elite (AR) tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. and Brad Beal Elite (MO) before closing out Session II in Indy on Sunday against New Jersey Playaz.

In addition to Morsell and Bacot, here are other class of 2019 prospects who play on the Nike EYBL who have been offered by the Cavaliers: Justin Moore (Point Guard, Team Takeover), Isaiah Stewart (Power Forward, The City Rocks (N.Y.)), DJ Burns (Power Forward/Center, Georgia Stars) and Drew Timme (Power Forward/Center, Drive Nation).

Of the prospects mentioned above, UVA of course has the commitment from Morsell. Virginia is still after Bacot, who happens to be a longtime friend of Morsell’s, but as of right now is not likely to get him ultimately. The Hoos haven’t been active with Moore since Morsell committed. Stewart is a longshot in my mind. Burns could be one to watch if he makes a visit. Same goes for Timme, though Timme was just offered last weekend so we’ll see if the Cavaliers can gain any traction.

Virginia Eyeing Connecticut Forward Delaire

Andrew Slater of The Athletic tweeted out some news on 6’8”, 210-pound class of 2019 forward Jaden Delaire of Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.

Virginia has not yet offered the 4-star prospect, who plays for NE6 on the UA Association. Connecticut, Maryland, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and a few Ivy League schools headline the list of scholarship offers he is considering.

Brass City Films produced the following video of Delaire last month …

Virginia Linked With Another Grad-Transfer

Backcourt depth remains a need for the 2018/2019 season. Virginia missed out on Wake Forest grad-transfer Keyshawn Woods, who will finish out his career at Ohio State. While there are players still available, it has mostly been quiet in terms of who UVA may be pursuing. A new name has surfaced, though.

Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Hoos have reached out to Milwaukee guard Brock Stull.

The 6’4″, 195-pound Stull averaged 13.4 points per game and played 35.9 minutes per game as a redshirt junior this past season. He made 37.9% of his 3s and averaged almost five rebounds per contest. As a redshirt sophomore, he averaged 13.6 points (making 39.9% from beyond the arc) and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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