UVa Elite Camp Recap

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The University of Virginia men’s basketball program held its annual Elite Camp this past Saturday, August 17. A handful of class of 2014 prospects participated, but freshmen, sophomores, and juniors made up the majority of those players putting their talents on display in the John Paul Jones Arena.

Lefty point guard Devon Hall made headlines at last year’s Elite Camp, verbally committing to the Hoos and also revealing that he would sign in the class of 2013. Another left-handed point guard, rising freshman Matt Coleman, didn’t commit but was one of main storylines at this year’s event.

UVa One Of Two Offers For Rising Freshman Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman

Around the age of eight or nine, Matt Coleman gave up football and baseball to focus full-time on the basketball court.

“I thought I could take off to the next level with [basketball],” Coleman said.

He was right. In June of 2013, while finishing up his eighth-grade year, Coleman earned scholarship offers from Old Dominion and the University of Virginia.

“It’s amazing and it’s a blessing,” Coleman said of his early recruiting success.

A prospect receiving an offer before ever taking the court in high school isn’t new, especially in this day in recruiting, but it’s still unique and indicative of the promise the 6’0″, 170-pound point guard has shown at a young age. In June, Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett decided he had seen enough and informed Coleman’s mother that her son had a full ride to UVa.

“My parents wanted to keep it a secret at first, but then my mom was like, ‘I’ve got to tell you something.’ She couldn’t hold it. So she told me Virginia offered me,” recalled Coleman, who will attend Maury High School (Norfolk, VA) this fall.

Though his mother is a UVa alum, Coleman said he had never visited Charlottesville until last Friday, when he and his family took an unofficial visit.

“I loved it,” Coleman said. “It’s a nice facility. It’s big.