Quick Take: Dave Telep Talks UVa’s Class

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The Early Signing Period for Division 1 men’s basketball starts tomorrow. Before the period ends next Wednesday the University of Virginia expects to receive letters of intent from five high school seniors. Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep took some time to answer questions on Virginia’s class, which is ranked 12th nationally by Scout.com.

James Johnson

Scout rates 6-9, 225-pound Elsinore (Wildomar, CA) forward/center James Johnson as Virginia’s top recruit, ranking him a 4-star recruit and #31 nationally. 6-4, 205-pound Brewbaker Magnet (Montgomery, AL) guard K.T. Harrell is also a 4-star recruit and comes in at #53 nationally. 6-8, 220-pound Nichols (Buffalo, N.Y.) forward Will Regan is rated a 3-star recruit and the 16th center nationally, while 6-6, 200-pound guard/forward Joe Harris (Lake Chelan, WA) is a 3-star and the 32nd shooting guard in the country. Rounding out the class is Charlotte Christian (N.C.) forward Akil Mitchell , a 6-7, 215-pound prospect ranked by Scout a 2-star prospect.

QUICK TAKE with DAVE TELEP

TheSabre.com: How would you compare Tony Bennett’s first full class with that of Pete Gillen’s or Dave Leitao’s?

Dave Telep: “When Coach Gillen came in, he had a balla scheme and he was cranking out recruits and one-liners. Roger Mason Jr. was a huge recruit. Travis Watson was a player they won a national battle for. Majestic Mapp was the key guy to get things rolling. It was a heck of a start. I think, when I look at Tony Bennett’s class, I don’t think it could’ve gone better than it did. I think it’s very difficult in today’s climate for a first class to be this good

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