Zeglinski Becomes Leitao’s 1st Commit

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While Sam Zeglinski will not be able to play for UVa until the 2007-2008 season, his verbal commitment certainly gets Dave Leitao’s 2007 class off to a great start. Rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-0, 165-pound Zeglinski is one of the top point guard prospects in the 2007 class.

Zeglinski decided to commit to the ‘Hoos before heading home to Philadelphia (PA) from this past weekend’s unofficial visit. It was this Philly standout’s second unofficial visit to UVa in as many months. This time, his parents came down to Charlottesville as well.

“We all liked the campus and we figured it’s not going to get better than Virginia, so I decided to commit,” said Zeglinski, who also noted that the John Paul Jones Arena was a “big factor” in his decision as well.

Zeglinski chose Virginia over heavy interest from Georgia Tech, LaSalle, N.C. State, Penn State, Seton Hall, Villanova and Virginia Tech. He was not sure if he had offers from all of these schools, but says they were “extremely interested.”

A starter during his first two years at William Penn Charter High School, Zeglinski averaged 18 points per game last season as a sophomore. In his first year, he started in the backcourt beside current Virginia point guard Sean Singletary . Penn Charter head coach Jim Phillips said Zeglinski has the “old school mentality of a point guard.”

What does Zeglinski think?

“That’s not exactly true,” Zeglinski said with a laugh. “I have some flash. I think I make the other people around me better. I have good handle and people talk about my vision, too.”

Zeglinski is a big get in more ways than one. The 2007 class will be a big one for the staff, so getting off on the right start was very important.

“Yes, they did,” Zeglinski replied when asked if Coach Leitao emphasized his importance in the 2007 class. “I’m actually his first recruit.”

Coach Dave Leitao’s first verbal commitment as UVa’s head coach, Zeglinski will not be able to sign a letter of intent until November of 2006.