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The University of Virginia men’s basketball program has extended a handful of scholarship offers to class of 2014 prospects during this all-important recruiting month of July. One of the biggest targets — literally and figuratively — is 7’2″, 278-pound center Isaac Haas , a rising senior out of Hokes Bluff High School in Alabama. And despite being a relative newcomer to this race, Virginia landed a spot in the talented big man’s final five.
“I believe the head coach is a great guy,” Haas said when asked why he put the Cavaliers in his final five. “I’ve developed a strong connection with him. He’s a Christian, which is something I really like. It does hurt a little that they came in so late, but if they recruit hard I think they’ll be right in there.”
Haas recalled receiving the offer from head coach Tony Bennett, who, as noted, came through earlier in July.
“He apologized for not recruiting me much earlier,” Haas said. “He said he saw me recently and just felt he needed to offer me. He was just trying to get in and get a chance with me.”
Virginia has its chance. Alabama-Birmingham, Purdue, Texas A&M and Wake Forest remain in the running as well.
Haas fully intends on taking official visits to all five schools before making his college choice. Purdue gets the first chance to impress, as the Hokies Bluff star travels to Lafayette (IN) the weekend of August 23. The Wake Forest official is scheduled for the weekend of August 30. Texas A&M will host Haas on the weekend of September 6. Haas believes the Virginia trip will take place on the weekend of September 13, and he’ll conclude his officials with UAB sometime in October.
The official visit will be Haas’ first chance to really explore UVa. However, the standout prospect did participate in the 2013 NBPA Top 100 Camp held at the John Paul Jones Arena. He liked what he saw of UVa, but he was most pleased with the experience he gained from the camp.
“That was the best learning experience I’ve ever had,” Haas said of the NBPA. “It was unbelievable. I’ve never been exposed to coaching like that. I worked with
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