Virginia head basketball coach Tony Bennett has extended a second scholarship offer in the class of 2022 this week. Bobi Klintman, a 6’8”, 200-pound wing out of RIG Academy in Sweden, claimed an offer from the Hoos Friday (Feb. 19).
— RIG Mark (@RIGMarkBG) February 19, 2021
Virginia’s Latest Offer, At A Glance
Who: Bobi Klintman, Wing, 6’8”, 200 pounds, Class of 2022
The Competition: Claims scholarship offers from Kansas, Nebraska, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Utah. Barring an early commitment, I would expect this list to grow significantly in the coming months.
UVA Class of 2022 Recruiting Summary: Virginia has received a verbal commitment from Poca (W.V.) shooting guard Isaac McKneely and has scholarship offers out to the following prospects:
– Austin Nunez, Point Guard, 6’2”, 170 pounds, Wagner (San Antonio, TX) (Nunez is the other prospect to land an offer from UVA this week.)
– Bobi Klintman, Wing, 6’8”, 200 pounds, RIG Academy (Sweden)
– Justin Taylor, Wing, 6’6”, 200 pounds, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, VA)
– Isaac Traudt, Forward, 6’9”, 200 pounds, Grand Island (Grand Island, NE)
According to the NCAA, the 2020-21 season is essentially a free year of eligibility for all players. So, for example, Kihei Clark is playing his third year in the program. Under normal circumstances he would have one season of eligibility remaining after this year, but with the NCAA rule he could have two years left after this season. How head coach Tony Bennett will address this situation remains to be seen, so all we can do is give our best-guess projection at the 2022-23 roster.
2022-23 Season Scholarship Projection
Point Guards (1): Reece Beekman
Wings (5): Casey Morsell, Carson McCorkle, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Taine Murray, Isaac McKneely
Combo Forwards (1): Justin McKoy
Posts (2): Papi Caffaro, Kadin Shedrick
The above projection would give UVA four open scholarship spots in the class of 2022. Point guard, an athletic combo forward in the mold of a De’Andre Hunter, and perhaps another post are apparent needs.
Quick Take: The De’Andre Hunter comparison is out there, and from glancing at his highlights, Klintman has the skills to be utilized in a similar fashion as the former Cavalier star. Shooting and passing/playmaking jumped out to me from the highlight package below. Defensively, he has the size to translate to a player who can guard multiple positions from the 3 or 4 spot.
So where might UVA stand? In this free article by Jamie Shaw of Rivals.com, Klintman himself makes the Hunter comparison, which is a plus for Virginia in terms of the Hoos being a strong contender here. The promising prospect says it has been a dream of his to play major college basketball in the U.S. but is unsure of a timetable.