In the blink of an eye, the Virginia men’s basketball program now boasts two verbal commitments in the class of 2019. Joining consensus 4-star and national Top 100 guard Casey Morsell is 6’10” power forward/center Kadin Shedrick, who has one 4-star, Top 100 rating (from 247Sports) and is expected to have more soon based on his play this summer.
The upside potential of Shedrick, whose stock skyrocketed in the past few months, is obvious. The 6’10”, 200-pound senior flashes the ability to score inside and out, has a good nose for the ball when it comes to rebounding, and is a willing and capable defender. The addition of Shedrick gives Virginia an impressive group of big men for the foreseeable future.
Virginia’s 2019-20 Projected Scholarship Roster
Point Guards: Ty Jerome (Sr), Kihei Clark (Soph)
Wings: Kyle Guy (Sr), Marco Anthony (Jr), Kody Stattmann (Soph), Casey Morsell (Fr)
Combo Forwards: De’Andre Hunter (R-Jr), Braxton Key (R-Jr)
Posts: Mamadi Diakite (R-Sr), Jay Huff (R-Jr), Francesco Badocchi (R-Soph), Francisco Caffaro (Soph), Kadin Shedrick (Fr)
In addition to talent, I like Shedrick’s commitment for a few reasons. For one, with five posts projected to be on the roster in 2019-20, Shedrick will have time to develop. To use Virginia head football coach Bronco Mendenhall’s terminology, the Cavalier men’s basketball program has a nice line of succession going at the post. Virginia should have enough depth for the Holly Springs (N.C.) star to redshirt if necessary.
Secondly, Virginia can now focus on recruiting the class of 2020.
As for recruiting in the class of 2019, Virginia technically is full and has no scholarship spots remaining. We know there is the very real possibility of De’Andre Hunter turning pro following next season. It makes sense also for juniors Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy to test the draft waters as well, although Hunter is the best bet to declare and stay in the 2019 NBA Draft … at least given the information at hand.
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