UVa Basketball Recruiting Notes

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In this edition of “Notes” TheSabre.com checks in with UVa men’s basketball recruits Jontel Evans and Tristan Spurlock , seniors who have just completed their high school careers. We also check in with one of the top prospects in the 2010 class, Tennessee standout Casey Prather , who is considering the Cavaliers along with many others.

Prather a Top Target…

UVa continues to be in the running with 6-5 guard/forward Casey Prather , who has established himself as one of the top wing prospects in the 2010 class. Rated a 4-star recruit and the 30th overall prospect in the 2010 class by Rivals.com, the North Side (Jackson, TN) star took an unofficial visit to UVa on the weekend of January 3rd and 4th and recalls the experience as a good one.

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“I had a great feel for it,” said Prather, who took in Virginia’s home contest against Xavier that weekend. “I liked the whole environment. I liked the new facility.”

Prather also has a favorable impression of head coach Dave Leitao and the direction of the Cavaliers program.

“Coach Leitao is a very nice person,” Prather said. “He is down to earth. The team is still young. I believe the program will get stronger.”

A finalist for Class AA Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee this season, Prather has enjoyed success on the varsity level since his freshman year. He averaged 17 points per game as a 6-2 freshman and then exploded as a sophomore, averaging 28 points and 15 boards per game. A post player his freshman year, Prather has developed into a versatile wing.

“I played the post in middle school, so I stayed there my freshman year,” said Prather, who led North Side to a 20-3 overall record and a district championship in 2008/2009. “I’m more of a three now. In college, I might be a two or a three. Either I could be a big two-guard or a three. I can score inside and out, but I like driving the ball to the basket.”

Although his junior season is complete – North Side just lost a regional semifinal contest to Dyer County – Prather hasn’t taken much time off from the basketball court.