Wallace to UVa!

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Eric Wallace joined the Cavs’ 2007 recruiting class.

UVa head coach Dave Leitao landed a coveted 2007 recruiting class target when, last weekend, 6-6, 210-pound small forward recruit Eric Wallace verbally committed to Virginia. He made his decision public last night before the 5-Star Camp all-star games held at Hamden-Sydney College.

“It’s not too far away from home. Location wasn’t a factor because I also considered Florida and U-Conn, but Virginia’s not too far away from home and it’s a home environment for me,” Wallace replied when asked why he chose Virginia. “I went to a few games and the fans support the players and support the coaches. It’s one of the best schools in America, so it’s a good fit all around.”

According to Eric’s father, Monty Wallace, Eric made the commitment last weekend before leaving UVa’s Elite camp.

“That was pretty much my official visit for me even though it was unofficial,” Wallace said of UVa’s Elite camp last weekend. “I was getting to know the coaches. I was working out with them at their camp. Seeing some of the players in action – I played against and talked to Jason Cain – and working with the coaches was great. They definitely strengthened the relationship throughout the experience.”

An excellent student who carries a weighted 4.0 grade point average, Wallace says academics were certainly a part of his decision as well.

“Virginia’s the number two public school in the nation,” Wallace said. “I want to go into Architecture and they have a really good Architecture program. They have all the tools I need to succeed in basketball or outside of basketball.”

The final decision came down to Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. The star forward claimed all five schools had offered and acknowledged the decision was a difficult one. After months of deliberation and consideration, he is relieved to have made his commitment.

“The process is fun,” Wallace said. “You have to take it as a privilege. Not a lot of kids are able to be recruited.