Oldsmar Christian School (Oldsmar, FL) had Spring Break March 20-24, leaving only three school days this week for Division 1 men’s basketball coaches to visit before a one-week Dead Period begins March 30. UVA’s Tony Bennett used that window of opportunity, visiting the school to see class of 2018 point guard Elijah Weaver on March 28.
Weaver has had a scholarship offer from Virginia for quite some time and has previously spoken with Bennett on the phone, but this was the first face-to-face interaction between the two. Oldsmar Christian head coach John Bianchi, who guided the Eagles to their first ever Sunshine Independent Athletic Association championship earlier this month, was impressed with the Cavalier head coach and says Weaver was as well.
“It was the first time I’ve met him,” Bianchi said of Bennett. “His belief in God was the highlight of the day because we both share that and we’re a Christian school. I really connected with him on that alone.”
Of Bennett’s meeting with Weaver, Bianchi said: “It went really good. [Coach Bennett] made it really enjoyable for him and showed us how much he cares. I would say it was all positive.”
“Coach Bennett’s message must have been good because Elijah really liked it,” Bianchi said.
Virginia certainly isn’t the only school interested in the 6’4” lead guard. Florida, Louisville, Maryland, NC State and Villanova are among the 20 or so other schools that have offered the consensus 4-star prospect. Although there is no definitive commitment timetable, Weaver plans to narrow his list of schools down in the near future. After this week’s meeting, Virginia is in good shape to make the cut.
“I know he’s still open and he wants to see what happens in the live periods,” Bianchi said, discussing Weaver’s recruitment. “I know he is going to narrow his list down pretty and Virginia will be on it, especially after [Tuesday].”
Weaver had a terrific junior season, averaging 19.6 points, 5.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while helping his team to a state title. He played multiple positions for Coach Bianchi this season, but point guard is his primary spot and where he likely will play on the major college level. Bianchi says UVA likes him as a point guard.
“His natural position is point guard,” Bianchi said. “He likes getting his teammates involved.”
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