10 Questions For Virginia Basketball 2020-2021, Part II

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The NCAA delayed the start of basketball season due to concerns with the ongoing pandemic, but tipoff week is finally here and anticipation is high for Virginia and its fans. The Cavaliers enter the season ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press preseason poll and as the media favorite to win the ACC regular season race. Before the season starts, however, there are questions to consider for the Wahoos.

Let’s take a look at the annual 10 preseason questions for Tony Bennett’s team. Part II is below. For Part I, click here.

5. What’s round two look like for Casey Morsell?

Entering the season, there is much excitement surrounding the new freshmen Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Reece Beekman, and Carson McCorkle. Understandably. All are ranked inside of the top 150 and bring considerable skills to the table that project well to the college level. The two thought most likely to crack the rotation are Abdur-Rahim and Beekman. Abdur-Rahim ended up as Rivals’ 42nd ranked recruit nationally, one of the highest to join Bennett’s program, and Beekman landed 69th.

It’s easy to forget that Casey Morsell began his Virginia career last fall with similar credentials and similar excitement. Morsell received the 65th ranking nationally by rivals and played in the competitive WCAC around the Washington D.C. area. He was named the 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today Player of the Year for Washington D.C. He came physically ready to play, showed he could create his own shot in high school, and had the ability to score in batches. Plus, he looked like someone that gave effort on the defensive end. All in all, Morsell projected to be an instant impact player for the Hoos.

Morsell grabbed a spot in the rotation immediately and started 13 of 30 games as a true freshman. He became the first true freshman to start in the season opener since 2012 and remember due to the launch of the ACC Network game, that was a conference game at Syracuse. He averaged 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds. Defensively, he seemed to find a comfort level a little earlier than expected with the