Virginia Basketball Recruiting Notes: Visitors Expected This Weekend

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Stadium Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman reports that the Virginia men’s basketball program is scheduled to host Villanova in a “not-so-secret scrimmage” on Saturday, October 27. Multiple reports indicate that UVA will play host to some top recruits as well.

Virginia commitment Carson McCorkle, a sophomore at Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.), has confirmed to TheSabre.com that he will be one of those recruits. Other reported visitors include …

Per 247Sports (click here for the story)

Terrance Williams, Combo Forward, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), Class of 2020

The 6’7”, 220-pound Williams took an official visit to Virginia the weekend of September 21-23 along with Cavalier class of 2019 commits Casey Morsell and Kadin Shedrick. Morsell was a teammate of Williams’ on Team Takeover on the 2018 Nike EYBL Circuit. The Gonzaga product said the following about his first in-depth experience in Charlottesville in this EDGE report:

“Coach Bennett is a great person, a great man, and a great coach,” Williams said. “I really like his personality. He really kept everything real with me. He’s a man of faith and I like his personality. He had a video with my strengths and showing me how I’d fit into the system. He compared me some to Isaiah Wilkins. By the time I’d get there in two years, most of the key players would be gone, so I could possibly start.”

Williams traveled west for another official visit earlier this month, when he headed to Stanford. Georgetown, NC State and Virginia Tech are among the other schools that have offered the sweet-shooting junior, who said previously that he hopes to make a college decision next spring.

Per Houston Wilson of Prep Sports (via Twitter)

Mark Williams, Forward/Center, Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, VA)

The 6’10” Williams, the younger brother of former Duke women’s basketball star and current WNBA standout Elizabeth Williams, has been a longtime UVA target in 2020. He has visited Virginia several times previously and also boasts offers from Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, LSU, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Stanford, VCU and Virginia Tech. At the 2018 NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Williams told TheSabre.com there was “still a lot of time before I make my decision.”

Carter Whitt, Point Guard, Leesville Road (Raleigh, N.C.)

The 6’3”, 170-pound Whitt took in a game at UVA last season. He has not received a scholarship offer from the Hoos at this point, but he is on the radar. Whitt, who boasts a scholarship offer from Ole Miss, played for Boo Williams 17U on the Nike EYBL circuit this past spring/summer.

Trevor Keels, Guard, Paul VI (Fairfax, VA)

Keels, a sophomore, reportedly (per 247) has been offered by South Carolina and Wake Forest at this early stage of his recruitment. He is a teammate of class of 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach, who Virginia has offered.

Kessler Reportedly Scheduled UVA Official

Walker Kessler, a 6’11” junior post with shooting range, has taken an official visit to Vanderbilt and scheduled official visits to Michigan and Virginia according to Dan McDonald of Rivals.

In an interview with TheSabre.com at the 2018 NBPA Top 100 Camp, Kessler described Virginia as a “great basketball school” and described the campus as “awesome. It’s beautiful and I love it, but every campus I’ve seen so far is great for sure.”

UVA’s pursuit of Kessler had just started to heat up when the Top 100 Camp took place in mid-June. Coach Tony Bennett extended a scholarship offer in July.

Johnson Moves UVA Official

The Webb School (Bell Buckle, TN) star Keon Johnson, a top backcourt target of Virginia’s in the class of 2020, has moved his official visit to UVA back one week according to Prep Hoops Tennessee. The 6’5” junior was scheduled to take an official to Virginia the weekend of November 2-4. He reportedly now will visit November 10-12. Virginia is scheduled to host George Washington on November 11.

Johnson made an official visit to Tennessee last weekend and the trip appears to have gone well. He made visits earlier this fall to Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Auburn.

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