Virginia Basketball Recruiting Notes: Coaches Taking To The Road

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Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett and staff are out recruiting.
Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett and staff are out recruiting. ~ Mike Ingalls

A Division 1 men’s basketball “Recruiting Period” began September 9, meaning you can expect class of 2018 recruiting activity to pick up. This class has been a focus of the Virginia basketball program for quite some time, and especially this past spring and summer.

As UVA’s scholarship situation currently stands, head coach Tony Bennett has five scholarship spots at his disposal in 2018. By our count UVA has scholarship offers out to 18 uncommitted high school juniors, including five post prospects and 13 backcourt or wing prospects. Click here for our Scholarship Picture page, which provides a rundown of those scholarship offers and the complete roster breakdown for upcoming seasons.

The Recruiting Period means the following for high school juniors, who have been able to receive unlimited phone calls and electronic messaging from Division 1 college coaches since June 15 …

  • These prospects and college recruiters can meet at the prospect’s school, unless a “Dead Period” is in effect.
  • Beginning in January, high school juniors may begin taking official visits. Just like football, each prospect is allotted only five official visits.
  • Next April, coaches may meet with prospects at a prospect’s school or a prospect’s home.

News regarding where the Virginia staff’s plans to be early in this period has come out this week. Here is the rundown …

  • NJ Hoops reports that the Cavaliers will begin the Recruiting Period at Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, N.J.), which features junior Jahvon Quinerly. Coach Bennett offered the talented point guard in April and has been in hot pursuit ever since. Quinerly then visited UVA following the conclusion of the 2016 NBPA Top 100 Camp. Quinerly, whose most recent offer is from Kansas, has established himself as one of the nation’s top point guards in his class. A terrific AAU season performance was highlighted by a spot in the Under Armour Elite 24.
  • Julius Kim of Phenom Hoops reports that Virginia will visit highly regarded post prospect Miles Norris on Sept. 15. As of this writing, UVA has not yet offered the California native. Arizona, California, Oregon, Texas, and UCLA are among the schools that have reportedly offered the 6’10” junior, who is rated a 5-star by Scout, Rivals, and 247Sports.
  • UVA apparently will stay out in California to see David Singleton, a 6’4” junior shooting guard out of Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, CA). This news comes from Singleton’s travel team coach, Dinos Trigonis. Trigonis tweeted that Virginia will meet with Singleton on Sept. 19. Arizona State, Gonzaga, and Oregon have reportedly offered the 4-star recruit. No offer at this point from the Hoos.
  • Per Andrew Slater of 247Sports, UVA is one of several schools planning to meet with Brentwood (TN) point guard Darius Garland soon. Garland, another highly regarded prospect, has an offer from Virginia and has expressed interest in visiting Charlottesville at some point. As of May, he had developed a close relationship with head coach Tony Bennett.

The 2016/2017 Recruiting Calendar

Here is the entire 2016/2017 Division 1 men’s basketball recruiting calendar …

The Recruiting Period begins Sept. 9 and runs through April 19. There are some Dead Periods sprinkled in between these dates.

  • Dead Period, November 7-10
  • Dead Period, December 24-26
  • Dead Period, March 30-April 6
  • Dead Period, April 10-13

A Quiet Period runs from April 20-July 5, with the following exceptions …

  • Evaluation Periods April 23-25 and April 28-30
  • A Dead Period May 18-26

There is a Dead Period July 6-31 with three Evaluation Periods (July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30) intertwined. July 31 is the final day of this recruiting calendar year.

New Virginia Basketball Offer News

Westtown (Norristown, PA) forward Cameron Reddish tweeted on Sept. 7 that Virginia has now offered him a scholarship. The 6’8”, 195-pound junior is rated a 5-star recruit by Scout, Rivals, and 247Sports.

Also on Sept. 7, news broke via Twitter that Texas combo guard Quentin Grimes also had been offered by Virginia. Grimes, a 6’4” junior, is rated a 4-star prospect by Scout and a 5-star recruit by Rivals.

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  1. With the finest coach in the NCAA, Tony Bennett, The Cavs will continue to improve and be yearly visitors to the Final Four !!!
    What a guy !! (That includes you, Kyle, and welcome to UVA !!)
    George Scott

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