Bond With Bennett, Comfort Level With Program Sways Carson McCorkle To Virginia

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Now a future Cavalier, Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) sophomore Carson McCorkle recalls when he first started taking a closer look at the University of Virginia men’s basketball program.

“Last year I started paying attention a lot more when I knew they were looking at me,” recalled the 6’3” shooting guard. “They don’t play super-fast, but they always have a lot of good shooters. They definitely have a really good defense. Every time I talk to someone who means something to me basketball-wise, they always said Virginia seemed like a perfect fit.”

Tony Bennett clearly felt the two parties were a great match as well. Virginia’s head coach offered a scholarship to the standout prospect on September 10, 2018, one day after watching McCorkle at a Greensboro Day fall work out. Bennett returned to Greensboro Day on September 20.

Virginia is evaluating another Bengals class of 2021 product in point guard Cam Hayes, so Bennett’s return visit likely served two purposes – to further evaluate Hayes but also to show his level of interest in McCorkle, who was the first class of 2021 prospect to receive an offer from UVA.

Bennett’s two visits in 10 days made a strong impression.

“He came up twice to watch me play, which says a lot,” McCorkle said. “It was really cool for him to come up and do that. Obviously, it showed a lot.”

Last Friday, September 21, McCorkle announced Virginia as his college choice. Multiple factors went into the commitment, beginning with an unofficial