Virginia men’s basketball’s 2018/2019 season roster is almost set after the Cavaliers received commitments from Argentinian center Francisco Caffaro and transfer Braxton Key. These additions give Cavalier head coach Tony Bennett just one more open scholarship spot for the upcoming season.
2018/2019 Season Scholarship Breakdown
Total Scholarships Used: 12 of 13
Point Guard: – Ty Jerome (Jr), Kihei Clark (Fr)
Wing: – Kyle Guy (Jr), Marco Anthony (Soph), Kody Stattmann (Fr)
Combo Forward: – De’Andre Hunter (R-Soph), Braxton Key (Jr – Ineligible to play due to NCAA transfer rules)
Post: – Jack Salt (R-Sr), Mamadi Diakite (R-Jr), Jay Huff (R-Soph), Francesco Badocchi (R-Fr), Francisco Caffaro (Fr)
Key, a 6’8”, 225-pound combo forward who fits a similar mold as De’Andre Hunter, is transferring to Charlottesville after spending his first two college years at Alabama. He’ll have to sit out the upcoming season because of NCAA Division 1 transfer rules but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2019/2020. While he won’t be able to play, Key still counts against the 2018/2019 scholarship tally.
Caffaro, a 7’0”, 230-pound center out of the NBA Global Academy in Australia, will be one of three incoming freshmen for the Cavaliers next season, joining point guard Kihei Clark and Australian wing Kody Stattmann.
With the final scholarship spot, the emphasis is finding perimeter depth in the form of a graduate transfer. It’s a must need as far as I’m concerned, or else cross your fingers that Marco Anthony or Kihei Clark (or maybe Kody Stattmann?) are ready to provide the needed depth off the bench. Stattmann is a likely redshirt candidate in my opinion, but if the Hoos can’t add a grad-transfer guard, he may be forced into action.
The Cavaliers came close to landing Wake Forest grad-transfer guard Keyshawn Woods, but he ultimately went with Ohio State. Virginia has contacted Matt Mooney of South Dakota and Brock Stull of Milwaukee. Mooney has eliminated UVA. Stull reportedly visited Xavier and may visit Minnesota. We’re not sure how newsworthy this is, but UVA associate...
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