Top Virginia Basketball Target Isaac McKneely Sets Announcement Date

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Poca (W.V.) guard Isaac McKneely, one of only three class of 2022 prospects currently holding a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia men’s basketball program, revealed Monday (January 25) that he is ready to announce his college choice.

UVA is one of eight schools McKneely included in the top eight he released this past November, joining Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Purdue and West Virginia. At the time the Hoos had not offered the 6’4”, 185-pound combo guard. However, on December 5, McKneely tweeted that he had received a scholarship offer from head coach Tony Bennett.

The West Virginia star visited UVA twice unofficially during the 2019-20 season, taking in the Columbia and Louisville games in John Paul Jones Arena. 247Sports and Rivals experts are unanimous in picking UVA as the destination for the sharpshooting guard, who is rated among the nation’s top 65 juniors by both national recruiting outlets (Rivals – 4-star, No. 57 in nation; 247 – 4-star, No. 62 in nation).

In addition to offers from all of the schools mentioned above except for Kentucky and UNC, McKneely also considered scholarships from Cincinnati, Creighton, Iowa, Kansas State, Maryland, NC State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“Isaac went from 6-foot-2, 150 pounds last year to 6-4, 185 right now,” Poca head boys varsity basketball head coach Allen Osborne told Joe Brocato of West Virginia Metro News in this article previewing the Dots’ upcoming season. “So his body is developing. He has gotten bigger, stronger and quicker. Most of the time he is working on his skill development. He is working out at home and in the gyms. He is dedicated and wants to be a great player. His goal is to go somewhere and play immediately.

“The good thing is, we have him for two more years. But he is a great kid. He’s a 4.0 student and is focused and humble.”

McKneely made 45% of his 3s while averaging 22 points per game as a sophomore last season for Poca, which was 21-3 and eyeing a state championship when the season was stopped due to the pandemic.

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