Our last Strategy Session feature, released July 5, focused on the three July Evaluation Periods and where the staff may focus their efforts. While Virginia is still recruiting in 2019, a large focus in July – at least if you go by scholarship offers – was on class of 2020 recruits.
Five rising juniors have been offered by Virginia since the first July Evaluation Period began on July 11. This includes four wing prospects – Symir Torrence, Keon Johnson, Henry Coleman III and Johnny Juzang – and stretch post Walker Kessler. By contrast, only two rising senior recruits have been offered by head coach Tony Bennett since that time – Westlake (Atlanta, GA) guard Chase Hunter and Holly Springs (N.C.) post Kadin Shedrick.
Before we dive more into Virginia’s class of 2020 recruiting, though, here is a refresher of where the Hoos stand in the class of 2019. Nothing has changed in terms of scholarships available in 2019, as UVA still projects to have only one spot available in the class. By position, here is the projected scholarship rundown …
Virginia men’s basketball’s projected 2019-20 roster
Point Guards (2) – Ty Jerome (Sr), Kihei Clark (Soph)
Wings (4) – Kyle Guy (Sr), Marco Anthony (Jr), Kody Stattmann (Soph), Casey Morsell (Fr)
Combo Forwards (2) – De’Andre Hunter (R-Jr), Braxton Key (R-Jr)
Posts (4) – Mamadi Diakite (R-Sr), Jay Huff (R-Jr), Francesco Baddochi (R-Soph), Francisco Caffaro (Soph)
St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) 4-star guard Casey Morsell, who can now call himself a Peach Jam champion, committed to the Hoos back in April and by all accounts remains rock solid in his pledge. Barring any surprises, look for him to sign a letter of intent in November during Division 1 men’s basketball’s Early Signing Period, which takes place November 14-21.
For a time, we thought Virginia’s primary focus in filling that second (and currently final) scholarship spot was with a tall, long, skilled wing in the De’Andre Hunter-mold. However, neither Hunter nor Shedrick fits that mold. Hunter stands 6’3” and is more of a combo guard similar in some respects to Morsell, while the 6’10”, 200-pound Shedrick is a skilled post. Check out highlights of each player below, with Hunter’s AAU action courtesy of Courtside Films and Shedrick’s high school clips courtesy of Hudl.com.
Of the 2019 targets Virginia has offered thus far, Hunter and Shedrick could be the players the Cavaliers have the best chance with right now. The Westlake star recently narrowed his list of schools to five – Clemson, Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma and UVA. While the Cavaliers did make the final five, getting the promising prospect on Grounds for a visit is a must and could prove difficult.
With Hunter, the two perceived favorites are Clemson and Georgia, two schools he plans to officially visit in the near future. Per Rivals.com, Hunter has a trip to Clemson set for this coming weekend,...
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