In what was certainly good news for Virginia, 6-8, 225-pound power forward prospect Johnnie Lett changed his mind about waiting to make his decision and verbally committed to the ‘Hoos last weekend. TheSabre.com caught up with the Ben C. Rain High School (Mobile, AL) star to discuss what went into his decision as well as what he expects to bring to the team in 2006.
After talking with family and his head coach, Lett went ahead and committed to Coach Leitao and Coach Seymour last Saturday.
“Well, me, my parents and my coach talked about it,” Lett said. “They wanted me to play in a tough conference. The ACC is a tough conference and I really liked Virginia on my visit, so I went on and committed.”
Lett’s official visit came on the weekend of the Florida State football game. Not only was he impressed by the atmosphere, but he was very impressed with the fans.
“The fans,” Lett replied when asked what stood out the most about his official visit to Virginia. “I went to the [football] game. When I was walking around, they already knew my name and were calling my name. That surprised me right there.”
Coach Leitao eyed several low post targets before landing Lett, who promises to bring a number of positives to next year’s squad. Defense and rebounding are the primary assets, but Lett says not to look past his offensive game either.
“I expect to bring rebounding and blocking shots,” Lett said. “Coach Leitao said he wants me to be crashing the boards and getting rebounds and blocking shots. I can score the ball as well. My main post move right now is a jump hook. And I’ve got a pretty nice touch off the backboard as well.”
Physically, Lett, who could add 20-25 pounds, feels he is ready right now to play on the next level. How does he feel about playing in the ACC?
“I feel pretty good about it,” Lett said. “Everybody talks about it being a pretty tough conference. People said if I can handle it, I should go ahead and get into it.”
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