Checking In With Virginia Basketball Freshman Kadin Shedrick

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Kadin Shedrick is defended by Mamadi Diakite in the Pepsi Blue-White Scrimmage. The 6’11” freshman would redshirt in 2019-20. He says he has made progress on and off the court. ~ Photo courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Kadin Shedrick arrived on Grounds last summer as a consensus 4-star prospect and national top 75 class of 2020 recruit out of North Carolina. Despite the lofty accolades, he redshirted in his first year in the University of Virginia basketball program.

The redshirt decision – made by Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and Shedrick – was not a surprising one. The two discussed the possibility while Shedrick was still at Holly Springs High School. The 6’11” first-year knew he needed to add weight and strength. In addition, with Virginia returning major contributors Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key, redshirt junior Jay Huff primed to step up his role significantly (he has, averaging 24 minutes per game), and redshirt freshman Francisco Caffaro entering the mix, frontcourt minutes would have likely been scarce.

Ahead of the 2020 New York Life ACC Tournament, in which UVA (25-7, 15-5 in the ACC) is the no. 2 seed and will face the winner of Boston College/Notre Dame Thursday evening at 7 p.m., Virginia basketball held a media event at John Paul Jones. I took this opportunity to check in with Shedrick on how he is progressing his redshirt year.

Checking In With Kadin Shedrick

What were the main goals during your redshirt season?

KADIN SHEDRICK: “The

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