It may be June, but enthusiasm continues to run high for the Virginia men’s basketball team. With so many returning players, including All-ACC honorees Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell , and back-to-back postseason appearances, that’s to be expected. There’s plenty to be excited about after all.
One of the hottest topics this offseason: Lineup predictions. Who starts? Who closes? Who plays in a small lineup? Or a big lineup? The versatility of UVa’s players makes all of those questions fun to ponder. The position that fosters the most discussion remains point guard, though.
With the departure of senior Jontel Evans , the Cavaliers need to find a new starter at that critical spot. The options include sophomores Teven Jones and Malcolm Brogdon and true freshmen Devon Hall and London Perrantes. Jones started 9 games last season, but mainly worked as the back-up for Evans last season. Brogdon redshirted after having offseason surgery on his left foot, but practiced toward the end of the season. Hall and Perrantes enrolled at UVa this month.
A lot of time remains before the season opener, expected to be Nov. 8 at the John Paul Jones Arena against JMU. Choosing starters more than 100 days out is difficult at best. With that said, expect to see Brogdon in the mix for minutes. Now cleared to go full speed in practice – “Everything has been good,” Cav coach Tony Bennett said this week – Brogdon can give UVa a lot of the aforementioned versatility whether he starts or not. At 6’5″ and 215 pounds, he can play at any of the perimeter positions. When you put that frame at point guard, however, Virginia could trot out a lineup featuring five players 6’5″ or taller. That’s true with the 6’5″ Hall as well, though true freshmen...
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