10 Questions For UVa In 2008-09, Part One

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In a season where there may be more questions than answers, it seems particularly appropriate to kick things off with a round of 10 questions. On a roster that only has two seniors, Tunji Soroye and Mamadi Diane , performance is the great unknown.

There is talent here but will all the chips fall into place in time to climb out of the ACC cellar? Predicted to finish 12th in the ACC, expectations are low for a team that has to search for its identity after losing All-ACC performer Sean Singletary . The questions facing this young squad are almost too many to tackle but we’ve given it our best shot here. Here is part one of the 10 questions. Look for part two later this week.

Virginia needs players like Jeff Jones to play with consistency this season.

10. Will There Be Enough Player And Rotation Consistency?

This is a question whose real answer may not pan out until at least January. With such a young team, it’s likely that we will see a lot of different guys get a shot in a variety of roles. But necessary to the development of the players – especially the youngest – is confidence. Being able to rely on a consistent rotation will be helpful to the players trying to get their legs under them and will help them develop faster. There are some offensive threats in the line-up, led by none other than Mamadi Diane because he understands the ups and downs of a long season. Diane is good for 12 to 15 points per game over the long haul and as long as he stays healthy should remain fairly consistent throughout the season.

The great unknown is whether players being asked to “play a year older”, like Jeff Jones and Mustapha Farrakhan , can consistently perform like a more experienced player. Can