The University of Virginia men’s basketball program held its annual Elite Camp on Saturday, August 22. Before getting to my observations regarding some of the players who were in John Paul Jones Arena, here are some notes from the event…
– The entire Virginia staff, including newcomers Brad Soderberg (Assistant Coach) and Orlando Vandross (Director of Recruiting/Player Development), was on hand to run the event. Devon Hall, Austin Nichols, Isaiah Wilkins, Justice Bartley and Jeff Jones were the players on hand to help. Mike Tobey, Jack Salt and Jarred Reuter stopped by the camp later on in the day, though they were just hanging out.
It has been discussed before but it is worth saying again… Mike Curtis has done a great job with the players. Wilkins is noticeably bigger. Hall looks good. Tobey looks great. Salt looks big and strong, and Reuter’s development has been outstanding as the true freshman has dropped 20-plus pounds in just a few months. He is lean and toned and looks strong. From a physical standpoint, I’d say he certainly looks ready to contribute as a true freshman.
– Former Cavalier guard Cory Alexander was in attendance as was Boo Williams, who of course runs the Boo Williams AAU program.
– In his opening remarks, Coach Bennett was overheard saying there were 65-70 campers in total. High school sophomores made up almost half of the camp. The class of 2017 also was represented well. In addition, there were double digit class of 2019 prospects. As expected, there weren’t many class of 2016 prospects and none appeared to be on the radar to earn a scholarship.
– One of Virginia’s top class of 2017 point guard targets was in attendance, though he didn’t compete in the camp as he had done the previous two years. He is Matt Coleman, a player head coach Tony Bennett offered a scholarship to before his freshman year at Maury (Norfolk, VA). After two years at Maury, the 6’1” point guard will attend Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) this fall.
Coleman was there in support of his younger brother, Chase, who is entering his freshman year at Maury. Coach Bennett spoke with Matt before the camp started. Devon Hall was with him for a quite a while as well, and Coleman joked around some with Isaiah Wilkins.
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