MBB Strategy Session: Frontcourt Need Looms Large In 2016 Class

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UVa was in great shape in class of 2016 recruiting as this week began, having received verbal commitments from four prospects:

– 4-star combo guard Kyle Guy
– 4-star forward Sacha Killeya-Jones
– Combo guard Ty Jerome, a 3-star whose stock has risen as a result of his play this spring
Jay Huff, a 6’10” forward who has a lot of work to do physically but whose skills have caught the attention of recruiting analysts at Rivals and Scout, who rank the skilled stretch-four as a 4-star recruit, and, of course, UVa’s Tony Bennett.

Sacha Killeya-Jones’ decision to reopen his recruitment has shaken things up, as Virginia’s frontcourt need looms even larger now. Here is the latest projected scholarship breakdown for the 2016/2017 season:

Point Guards: London Perrantes (SR), Darius Thompson (JR), Ty Jerome (FR)
Wings: Devon Hall (JR), Marial Shayok (JR), Kyle Guy (FR)
Posts: Isaiah Wilkins (JR), Jack Salt (SOPH), Jarred Reuter (SOPH), Jay Huff (FR)

Killeya-Jones’ de-commitment gives UVa three scholarship spots available in the class of 2016. At least one frontcourt prospect is an absolute must. Red-shirting is a real possibility for Huff, so Virginia needs a prospect who can step in and add immediate depth. Aside from that, it’ll be interesting to see what head coach Tony Bennett decides to do.

If Virginia can three high-caliber targets, the Hoos would have only one scholarship available in the class of 2017. I believe the staff would like to have two spots available in that class, one of which would be for a point guard (Alex Barcello, Matt Coleman and Trae Young are top targets there). And if you feel you have a chance with a player like Michael Porter Jr., you have