The University of Virginia men’s basketball program scored a big-time backcourt talent on Friday (September 21), when Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) sophomore shooting guard Carson McCorkle announced his college choice via Twitter.
I am very excited to announce my commitment to play my college career for Coach Tony Bennett and The University of Virginia! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. Go Wahoos!!!! pic.twitter.com/SyFl8vEHGy
— Carson Mccorkle (@carson_m2433) September 21, 2018
Phenom Hoops Report’s top overall prospect in the state of North Carolina in the class of 2021, the 6’3″ McCorkle accumulated 10 scholarship offers prior to today’s commitment. He chose the Wahoos over offers from Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa, NC State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Wichita State. Coach Tony Bennett offered a scholarship on September 10. McCorkle had visited UVA unofficially on August 24.
As a freshman in 2017-18, McCorkle helped Greensboro Day win the 2018 North Carolina 3A championship, averaging 10.7 points per game along the way. The sharp-shooting guard followed that up with a successful spring and summer on the Adidas Grassroots 16U circuit, where he helped Garner Road 2020 West to a 7-1 record and a final four appearance at the Adidas Summer Championships.
Highlights from McCorkle’s 2018 AAU season are below, courtesy of Hoops HQ.
And here are some highlights from his freshman year at Greensboro Day …
this is what @UVAMensHoops fans can expect from @GreensboroDay ‘s @carson_m2433 who committed to HC Tony Bennett & the Cavaliers tonight…#HeCanScore….@WFMY @WFMYhss @CoachJ1977 @mccorkle_brad pic.twitter.com/OTxAHFsNqY
— Brian Hall (@bhallwfmy) September 22, 2018
In addition to the high school and AAU accomplishments, McCorkle has earned a spot on the 2018 United States Youth Olympic Games Men’s Basketball Team that will compete at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 6-18.
While McCorkle is currently listed as a member of the 2021 Class, he could (and may well have already decided to) reclassify back to 2020. Although he is a sophomore at Greensboro Day, the 2018-19 school year will be his third year of high school. McCorkle attended Broughton High in his native city of Raleigh (N.C.) in 2016-17. When he transferred to Greensboro Day in 2017 he reclassified from the class of 2020 to the class of 2021, so presumably he could reclass back into 2020 if he wanted.
(Update: Garner Road Director Dwayne West indicated in this tweet that McCorkle is 2020. When asked if he meant 2021, he confirmed 2020 in this tweet. We will try and get direct confirmation on this as soon as we can.)
No matter what class McCorkle ends up in, Virginia coach Tony Bennett and staff are no doubt excited. This news kicks off an important weekend in which the coaches are hosting four recruits on Grounds on official visits – class of 2019 commits Casey Morsell and Kadin Shedrick, and class of 2020 targets Reece Beekman and Terrance Williams. Shedrick, a native of Holly Springs (N.C.), also played in the Garner Road AAU program and appears pleased with McCorkle’s decision.
YESSIRRRR ‼️ https://t.co/yFNgtyqLiV
— Kadin Shedrick (@kcshedrick) September 21, 2018