Hampton EYBL Recap, Part 2: Frontcourt Prospects

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Before getting to last weekend’s recap, there has been some UVA-related news on the frontcourt target front early this week.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and others report that Virginia has now offered 6’10”, 280-pound center David McCormack of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. McCormack enjoyed quite the productive Monday, not only picking up an offer from the Cavaliers but also reportedly landing offers from Duke, LSU, and Oklahoma State as well.

McCormack, a Norfolk native, is someone Coach Bennett and company have been familiar with for some time. He attended Virginia’s Elite Camp in August of 2015. He has always moved well for his size (then he was 6’8”, still about 285 pounds), but I remember him looking very raw at the camp. Obviously, his game has improved since then.

Playing for Team Loaded Virginia on the Adidas AAU circuit, McCormack averaged 12 points and almost six rebounds per game in three games. He was stellar in his final two outings, scoring 34 points on 17-of-19 shooting and corralling 15 boards.

McCormack has been added to our scholarship picture page, which you can see by clicking here.

Now, from last weekend’s EYBL, beginning with those prospects known to be on UVA’s radar prior to the event …

2017 Nike EYBL In Hampton, Frontcourt Prospects

JALEN SMITH, 6’10”, 200 pounds, Team Takeover, Class of 2018

The Mount St. Joseph’s (Baltimore, MD) averaged 9.8 points (made 69% of his field goals and 81.8% from of his free throws) and 5.8 rebounds per game this past weekend. While not dominant in either of the games I watched him play, his skills are evident. Smith is an extremely fluid athlete with outstanding length. A solid defender who, with his length and athleticism, could probably guard multiple spots on the major college level.

Offensively, Smith has nice form on his shot and did well in terms of positioning around the basket. The one major question right now is his strength. He was easily pushed out of rebounds at times, sometimes by shorter players, and after hauling in 13