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Tony Bennett received a big surprise last night, when Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, VA) 4-star prospect Devon Hall verbally committed to the University of Virginia. The 6’5″, 200-pound Hall, a player the Cavaliers have coveted for quite some time at the point guard position, informed the third year Cavaliers coach of his intentions following Virginia’s Elite Basketball Camp.
Devon Hall at the 2012 Nike EYBL in Hampton
At the end of camp, all the players in attendance were shown highlights from UVa’s 2011/2012 season, one that resulted in an NCAA tournament appearance. The video, shown on the John Paul Jones Arena center scoreboard, proved to be very impactful.
“When I was watching the video, it hit me,” Devon said. “This is the system I want to be playing in. This is the place for me.”
Before heading home, Hall had a conversation with Bennett. In the meeting, Bennett expressed Virginia’s need of a point guard in the class of 2013. Even though Hall is currently in the class of 2014, he has decided to reclassify into 2013 to help fill the Cavaliers’ need.
“I thought about it. I think it’s the best situation for me,” Hall said of committing to Virginia and reclassifying to the class of 2013, the class in which he actually began his high school career.
“After we talked, I said, ‘Coach. This is where I want to be.’ He was smiling and asked, ‘What are you telling me?’ I told him Virginia was where I wanted to be. He shook my hand… he was excited.”
With Jontel Evans running out of eligibility after the 2012/2013 season, Virginia was facing the prospect of having just one point guard on the roster in Teven Jones . Hall will have an opportunity to play major minutes and perhaps earn a starting spot as a...
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