Our Basketball Message Board was buzzing Monday night (April 30) with the news that Virginia head coach Tony Bennett had to leave the Virginia Athletics Foundation event in Richmond to return to Charlottesville to host a recruit. Early Tuesday morning (May 1), thanks to the Omaha World-Herald, we learned Argentine seven-footer Francisco Caffaro was the one visiting UVA.
The World-Herald reports Virginia is the fifth school Caffaro has visited, joining Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Georgia Tech and St. Mary’s. He reportedly toured Pittsburgh in February and the other three schools last week.
In an April 20 article, the World-Herald reported that Caffaro “would enter college as a freshman.” If he chooses Virginia, he would join point guard Kihei Clark and wing Kody Stattmann as first years this coming season. Clark, a point guard out of California, and Stattmann, a 6’7” wing out of Australia, signed with the Hoos in November of 2017.
Caffaro plays for the NBA Global Academy located in Canberra, Australia. He is listed as a 17-year-old forward/center on the team’s current roster. There are two short highlights of him below – the first is from July of 2017 and the second from April of 2018.
🇦🇷 @fcaffaro123 cleans it up
— FIBA #Basketball (@FIBA) July 1, 2017
— Overtime (@overtime) April 1, 2018