12 Thoughts From Virginia Basketball’s Blue-White Scrimmage

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Jayden Gardner flashed the motor fans expected during the Virginia Blue-White scrimmage. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/TheSabre.com

The Virginia basketball team made its return to the John Paul Jones Arena floor this past weekend, playing in front of the home fans for the first time since Senior Day against Louisville back in 2020. With the roster divided into two teams for the Blue-White scrimmage, the Cavaliers played for approximately 30 minutes in separate segments. Some players flipped teams approximately halfway through the event.

The Hoos played man to man defense as you’d expect, while the offense varied a little bit but generally stayed within the familiar motion concepts from the Tony Bennett era. Wrinkles on either side of the ball such as post traps or elevator screens were saved for real games on another day. With that as the backdrop and a few days for fan reports to circulate and thoughts to marinate, let’s take a look back at Sunday’s action. Here are 12 takeaways from the Blue-White scrimmage.

5 Quick Takes

First, a few short thoughts.

  1. Gardner’s undersized offense. One of the primary concerns surrounding incoming transfer Jayden Gardner surrounds his interior offense. Can he, listed at 6’6″ on
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