While the focus is obviously on finishing out strong in the class of 2014, the University of Virginia men’s basketball program played host to a handful of standout underclassmen this past Saturday. 6’3″, 190-pound sophomore guard Jagan Mosely, a New Jersey native with UVa ties, was one of those prospects on Grounds.
For Mosely, last weekend’s trip was his third experience in Charlottesville. He made an unofficial visit for a game last year and returned for Tony Bennett’s Elite Camp in August of 2013.
“I love the campus and the community,” Mosely answered when asked for his impressions of UVa so far. His parents both graduated from UVa, where they met.
A product of St. Anthony’s in Jersey City, Mosely impressed during Virginia’s Elite Camp.
“I feel like I showed the coaches what I can do,” Mosely said.
“[The Virginia coaches] said they are really interested in me. They said they’ll be checking in on me this season and in AAU next year.”
Mosely played significant minutes as a freshman for head coach Bob Hurley, helping St. Anthony’s to a 28-2 overall record and a runner-up finish in the NJSIAA (Non Public B) playoffs. He eyes a bigger role this season, coming off an offseason in which he feels he improved his ball-handling ability and pull-up jumper.
“My freshman year I was just a role player,” Mosely said. “I was young and learning what to do. This year I’m going to be more of a combo guard.”
< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>Asked what his strengths are at this point in his high school career, Mosely said: “Driving to the basket and defense. My dad has always taught me if I see a lane then go to the basket.”
Mosely comes from an athletic family. His father ran track and played soccer. Older brother Cheddi, a senior at St. Anthony’s, is a 6’3″, 175-pound combo...
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