MBB Strategy Session: Focus Is On 2016

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Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) power forward Jarred Reuter has accepted UVa’s only available scholarship in the 2015 class, allowing Tony Bennett and company to turn their full attention to the class of 2016, which will be an important one for the Hoos.

Virginia men’s basketball will lose an important group of players – Justin Anderson (G/F), Malcolm Brogdon (G), Anthony Gill (PF), Evan Nolte (F) and Mike Tobey (C) — following the 2015/2016 season. As of now, the projected number of scholarship players for the 2016/2017 season is eight. In Division 1 men’s basketball, 13 players are allowed to be on scholarship in a given season, meaning that Virginia currently has five scholarship spots available for the class of 2016.

Attrition has become commonplace in Division 1 men’s basketball. Virginia fans know it well, as seven players have transferred out of the program during the Tony Bennett era. Point being, in light of college basketball’s recent trend, it certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see more attrition occur in the next year or two, creating more spots in the 2016 class. If there isn’t any attrition, though, Virginia could still choose not use all five scholarships in 2016 in order to spread out the scholarship count a bit (and in case the Hoos wanted to leave more than one spot open in 2017).

Today, the current projected scholarship breakdown for the 2016/2017 season is as follows:

London Perrantes (Point Guard)

Devon Hall (Combo Guard/Small Forward)
Jack Salt (Center)
Marial Shayok (Small Forward)
B.J. Stith (Shooting Guard, Small Forward)
Darius Thompson (Combo Guard)
Isaiah Wilkins (Power Forward)

Jarred Reuter (Power Forward)

Virginia projects to have five scholarship backcourt/wing players and three scholarship frontcourt players in the 2016/2017 season. Adding depth to the frontcourt is a need. Look for the Hoos to recruit at least one frontcourt prospect in the 2016 class. I feel two frontcourt players would be ideal; however, I do think Marial Shayok, a 6’6” prospect out of New Jersey, provides