Consensus 4-star prospects Casey Morsell and Kadin Shedrick have officially signed with the University of Virginia. Cavalier men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett announced the signings on Monday (November 19), two days before the end of Division 1 men’s basketball’s Early Signing Period.
“We are excited to welcome Casey and Kadin into the Virginia men’s basketball family,” Bennett said in UVA’s official press release, which you can read in full by clicking here. “These young men are talented, competitive and have great character. Casey and Kadin understand the value of a degree from UVA and we are looking forward to them joining our program next fall.”
Morsell, who Virginia lists as being 6’3”, 190 pounds, hails from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. ESPN ranks him as the no. 47 player in the class of 2019, while 247Sports (no. 66) and Rivals (no. 68) also rank him among the top 68 seniors in the nation.
— Patrick Behan (@CoachBehanSJC) November 20, 2018
The 6’11”, 200-pound Shedrick hails from Holly Springs (N.C.). He is 247Sports’ no. 52 high school senior in the country. ESPN (no. 70) and Rivals (no. 77) also consider the talented post among the nation’s best in his class.
Congrats to THREE of our seniors on signing their NLI’s today!!
— Holly Springs BBall (@HSHSMBB) November 14, 2018
To use a favorite Bennett term, Morsell is a “complete” player. As Bennett said in his quote, he is a competitor. From what I’ve seen of the St. John’s standout in person, he is not afraid to defend the opposing team’s best player. In fact, he seems to like the challenge of playing defense. Morsell was one of 2018 Peach Jam champion Team Takeover’s best defenders, if not the team’s best defender. On offense he has the ability to catch-and-shoot, is a good 3-point shooter, and can drive to the basket. Morsell is a player I expect will see significant minutes for the Hoos next year. Exactly how many minutes may depend on attrition (who departs for the NBA), but I think he’ll have a solid role as a true freshman, because of his talent as well as the fact that Guy and Jerome will be seniors next season.
Shedrick is a skilled big whose game has blossomed throughout this year. At 6’11”, he flashes the ability to score inside and out, appears to have a good nose for the ball on the boards and is a willing and capable defender. With Diakite, Huff, and Francisco Caffaro expected back in 2019-20, Shedrick may be in line for a redshirt. He has said he would be willing to redshirt and certainly could use a year to get stronger. But with Francesco Badocchi on a leave of absence right now, maybe UVA will need Shedrick to play some minutes as a true freshman.