Bennett Seeks Big Things From Big Class

Virginia coach Tony Bennett brings in a six-person recruiting class next season, and has not eliminated the possibility of adding a seventh player.

When Virginia coach Tony Bennett secured a commitment from Billy Baron as the sixth player to the 2010 recruiting class on March 2, discussions began about how next season’s men’s basketball roster would be handled. At that point, Bennett appeared to have eight scholarship players returning to the squad; adding those to the six newcomers, there were a minimum of 14 candidates for 13 scholarships. Many wondered who would draw the short straw.

Bennett, it turns out, was several steps ahead of those speculators. It was no accident that he landed one more scholarship-worthy player than he had scholarships available. Unexpected attrition, he figured, is a reality of college basketball, and likely would solve the problem for him. He was right.