Five-star junior Johnny Juzang made his first official visit October 11-13, when he traveled across the country for an in-depth look at the University of Virginia. The Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) guard, who is rated as a 5-star by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports Composite, discussed what sparked his interest in the Cavaliers.
“What brought me out there was the character of the coaches – what I’d heard about the coaches and the people,” Juzang said. “I knew it was a great program. They have been very successful there. What I heard about the coaches was great, and when I got there exactly what I heard was true. They have great people of the highest character.”
Harvard-Westlake head boys varsity basketball coach David Rebibo recalls Virginia beginning its pursuit at the start of Juzang’s sophomore year. Coach Bennett spoke with Rebibo initially to express interest, and then-Cavalier assistant Ron Sanchez flew out to the school twice to evaluate Juzang and others at the Los Angeles area prep school.
Virginia’s evaluation carried into this past spring and summer, when the 6’7”, 205-pound Juzang played with the Compton Magic on the Adidas AAU circuit. By August, Coach Bennett had seen enough and extended a scholarship offer.
Virginia had the first chance to pitch the big-time backcourt prospect...
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