Sabre Roundtable: UVa’s Basketball Future, Part I

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Ask most Virginia fans and they’ll tell you that this basketball season proved exciting and rewarding. So much so in fact, no one can wait to talk about next season! Never mind that the Final Four has yet to be played, how will the Hoos look for the 2007-08 season? Never fear Sabre-ites, we’ve got you covered with a two-part Sabre Roundtable. WCAV TV’s Marc Davis and Kris Budden join ESPN 840AM’s Wes McElroy and The Sabre’s Kris Wright tackle Part I where they talk about replacing J.R. Reynolds and Jason Cain and more.

Virginia’s J.R. Reynolds wrapped up a four-year career at UVa with two outstanding tournament games. Who is the most likely candidate to step into the starting 2 guard role? How will the Cavs replace Reynolds’ scoring?

Is Mamadi Diane ready to step up next season?

ESPN WES: While recruiting will be looked upon because you hope and have to figure Dave Leitao recruits who he does for a reason, the newcomers can’t be brought in here with a load of immediate responsibility. There is a learning curve and an education on the court process.

My eyes and expectations turn to Mamadi Diane . Diane must find consistency, stop being afraid to shoot when he has open looks, and for those nights where he begins off kilter, I recommend a summer at The Sean Singletary “Learn to Tough it out” School.

Diane can be a scorer. He needs to grow up in terms of being a lead player.

WCAV KRIS: Mamadi is going to have to step up in a big time role. It’s going to be tough though, because I don’t think he has the confidence