Strategy Session: Virginia Basketball Recruiting In The Class Of 2019

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This first “Strategy Session” feature for Virginia basketball class of 2019 recruiting comes on the heels of last weekend’s Live Evaluation Period, the first of five such periods that will take place this spring and summer. Before taking a look at where head coach Tony Bennett and company focused their efforts last Friday night through Sunday, here is the latest on the transfer front.

Wake Forest grad-transfer guard Keyshawn Woods has opted for Ohio State over Virginia. Woods’ decision means perimeter depth remains a concern for the Cavaliers heading into next season, unless another grad-transfer option emerges. Virginia does not appear to be involved with any high school senior prospects at this point.

The Cavaliers have three scholarship spots available for the coming season. We’ll see if anything new develops on the grad-transfer front; if not, it looks like Coach Bennett may just focus on using one or two of those available scholarships on traditional transfers with UNC Asheville combo guard MaCio Teague and Alabama combo forward Braxton Key — two sit-one, play-two players — the primary targets on the board.

The 6’3” Teague visited Louisville this past Sunday. I have since checked in with his high school coach, Ricardo Hill, to see if there were any other developments.

“Nothing new right now,” Hill answered when asked if Teague had more visits scheduled. “He’s just deciphering everything right now.”

The vibe right now is not great with Teague, but we’ll see what happens. A visit could change things. News has been scarce with Key since he announced he was leaving Alabama; however, we know Virginia is pursuing him. The athletic 6’8”, 225-pound Key could be a very good replacement for De’Andre Hunter should Hunter leave after next season. Virginia and the former Oak Hill Academy standout appear to be a good match, but we’ll just have to see what materializes.

The First Live Evaluation Period Of 2018

St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) 4-star guard Casey Morsell, one of Coach Bennett’s top targets in 2019, announced his commitment to Virginia on April 4. Having Morsell already on board heading into this prime recruiting stretch is a big lift. It puts one piece of the 2019 Class puzzle in place