Coach Leitao and company were unable to land coveted power forward Patrick Patterson in the spring signing period, meaning the Cavs’ class consists of the four prospects signed in the fall signing period. But that does not mean that the class hasn’t improved. Three of UVa’s four recruits rose in PrepStars.com’s final player rankings, with two of the three settling in the national top 100 list.
Rob Harrington, Editor of the Recruiter’s Handbook and PrepStars.com, discussed UVa’s 2007 haul.
“I value this class more highly than we do officially because I have guys being a little better than we have them ranked,” Harrington said. “It’s a solid class, whether you’re talking to me or talking to [PrepStars.com Talent Evaluator] Brick [Oettinger]. I think it’s a little better than solid because I think three of those guys are safe bets to be contributors. They still need the one big-time guy if they can get him. Virginia obviously has the person they have in mind in [rising senior recruit] Ed Davis , if they can get him.”
Monsignor Bonner (Drexel Hill, PA) SG Sammy Zeglinski rounds out the class at #216 in the country.
Harrington personally would rank Jones and Farrakhan higher.
“Jones is #62, but he is one I would rank in the 40s,” Harrington said. “Mike Scott is 82, which is a good call. Mustapha Farrakhan is 134. I have him in the top 100. He is a personal favorite of mine.”
Of Virginia’s signees, Jeff Jones is the recruit Harrington feels is “clearly the guy” who will be able to make the most impact as a true freshman. The all-time scoring leader in Philadelphia Catholic League history, Jones is more physically ready and should bring immediate scoring punch according to Harrington.
The 6-4 Jones did not fully excel on the AAU circuit last spring and summer....
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