The University of Virginia has offered Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA) junior Matt Cimino, a sweet-shooting 6’10”, 215-pound center/power forward. ACC-rival Boston College, Illinois and Kansas State are among the other schools that have offered the promising prospect.
“He can really shoot it. He can pass. He has the ability to play in the post,” Worcester Academy head coach Jamie Sullivan said of Cimino, a Falmouth, Maine, native who transferred to Worcester before the 2011/2012 school year. “He has to use this time to develop his body. He has to work hard in the weight room, work on his stamina and his core. We’re working with him on his rebounding and running hard all the time.”
Two performances — one in regular high school play and one on the AAU circuit — highlight Cimino’s scoring ability. He drained eight 3s in a loss to a talented South Kent squad last December, and on the AAU circuit this past spring he knocked down five 3s in the second half of the under-17 championship game of the Hoop Group Northeast Jam Fest in Providence.
ESPN.com’s Adam Finkelstein wrote about Cimino’s Jam Fest performance:
“Cimino put on a show in the second half of the U-17 championship game in Providence, knocking down five second-half 3s by working the inside-out, two-man game with [class of 2014 power forward Noah Vonleh]. He’s a good post feeder from the perimeter, with agility and touch to throw soft bounce passes and the size to throw over top of pressure as well. His combination of size and skill also forced the opposition into defensive mismatches, as the Westchester Hawks had to use their longest defender to contest Cimino’s 3-point shot, leaving Vonleh free to operate against a smaller defender on the block.”
< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>UVa is no stranger to the Massachusetts prep school. Freshman wide receiver Canaan Severin attended there. Coach Tony Bennett recruited there as well, bringing in point guard Billy Baron in the class of 2010. Baron of course ended up leaving Virginia, but Sullivan, an assistant at Worcester at the time of the point guard’s recruitment, has great respect for Bennett and the Cavalier assistants.
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