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Devon Hall Drafted

Posted on June 22, 2018, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

In honor of Devon Hall being drafted, and as a courtesy to Oklahoma City fans who might want to get to know him a little better, here is a limited time video treat:

Devon Hall demonstrated all the qualities required for professional success during his time at UVA

Ranking the Roster

Posted on June 21, 2018, in Football by Kendall.

I suck at ledes, so here's this, simply: I ranked the roster in terms of expected 2018 impact coupled with future impact / overall value to the program. Excluded most of the walk-ons and all of the incoming class of 2018 recruits (bar two). Here we go....

70) Ryan Bischoff, OL/DL, Jr. - He's just a big, strong guy who might not be a great football player. He doesn't currently seem to factor into the thinking along either line.

Last month, Tony Bennett secured the commitment of 7-footer Francisco Caffaro, an Argentinian big man who spent the last year at the NBA Global Academy in Australia.

Before he makes the move to Charlottesville this summer, Caffaro had one last showcase, the FIBA Americas U18 tournament in Ontario. Francisco suited up as the star big man for the Ar...

So Bronco just proved once and for all he's hopelessly lost recruiting the state of Virginia.

What did it? Or more specifically, who? Oscar Smith DB Cam'Ron Kelly, that's who.

The background. Kelly was the 2019 class' "4-star in-state kid that's UVA's to lose," following Mekhi Becton in 2017 (Louisville) and Ronnie Walker (Indiana) in 2018. A top-...

Hot Take - ACC-B1G Challenge Draw

Posted on June 1, 2018, in Blog by StLouHoo.

Maryland. Again. Yay?

For the second time in the last 5 years (the length of Maryland's tenure in the B1G), UVA will make a road trip to College Park to face the Terps in the ACC-B1G Challenge. Some people love this. Some people hate it. They're both right.

Initial Thoughts

First things first, the ESPN/ACC/B1G schedulers are lazy. Over the last 7 ...

ACC Tournament Thoughts

Posted on May 22, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

Today, the ACC Tournament begins for baseball. The Hoos slot into Pool C with both NC State and Florida State. It will be UVA's first games against those teams this season, so tournament pool play in Durham allows for some fresh action after a long season.

Heading into the tournament, the goal and mission are simple. The goal is qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the 15th consecutive season. The mission, in order to accomplish that goal, is to win the ACC Tour...

Wake Forest - Series Preview

Posted on May 16, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The final regular season series of the season has arrived. The Hoos travel to Winston Salem to square off against host Wake Forest. After taking 2 of 3 from Georgia Tech this past weekend, UVA has a lot to play for this weekend. An ACC Tournament berth is within the team's grasp. Can they reach out and grab it?

Team Records

Virginia:  27-22 (Overall), 11-16 (ACC)

Georgia Tech - Series Preview

Posted on May 11, 2018, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The interminable exam break is over! We get to see our Wahoo baseball team take the field again this weekend beginning Friday evening. The Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech will be in town for three. This will be the final ACC home series of the season and will also include Senior Day festivities. If UVA plans on qualifying for the ACC Tournament this month, a series win against Georgia Tech would be a great place to start with only a road series at Wake Forest remaining in conference play after this weekend.

It's been a few years since the baseball program has put out a release announcing its signed recruiting class. In that absence, UVA Baseball fans are left to scour the far reaches of the internet for some info. HOOS Place is going to attempt to fill that void this year with this primer. Fair warning in that I'm using the list of committed players provided by PerfectGame.org and don't have any sort of official release. PerfectGame is likely highly accurate with the exception of including Christian Hlinka on the list for the 2018 class. Hlinka elected to reclassify into the 2017 class and is now a freshman outfielder on the team.

The Gonzaga Model?

Posted on May 6, 2018, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

At some point after the commitment of Kody Stattmann, I started talking to StLouHoo behind the scenes wondering if Tony were moving to a Gonzaga model of roster-building, and if we would not see that intensify with the flameout of 2017-18 pursuing blue chip high school/AAU stars.  Gonzaga has built an excellent, sustained program without bringing in consistent top 50 or even top 100 high school players.  Say what you will about their post-season performance - and I have done my share of saying - they tend to at least win their first game and have a healthy sprinkling of second weekend appearances with that title game of two years ago.  They've done it by relying heavil...