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The 2019 MLB Draft signing period concluded on Friday, July 12. With that milestone passing, we now have some clarity on the size of the roster heading into the 2020 season. It's now a good time to dive into the numbers to see where the Hoos stand versus NCAA roster limitations for D1 programs.

First, the rules...

Division 1 Baseball Roster Rules

The...

Welcome Jabri Abdur-Rahim

Posted on July 10, 2019, in Recruiting by StLouHoo.

Virginia got another dose of good news this week with the verbal pledge of 2020 SG/SF Jabri Abdur-Rahim. The New Jersey product is the highest rated recruit Bennett has secured in four years, since the vaunted 2016 class was finalized. So what does this commitment mean for the program?

The Player

Jabri comes with almost too-perfect a profile. 6'-6" with a near 6'-10" wingspan, he perfectly fits the mold of "big guard" that both high major clubs and the NBA covet ...

[Ed. Note: This is the final installment in the series.  We thank rushdacote for volunteering to cover this event for us.  Please enjoy his final analysis below.]

I skipped game 5 to explore the island, went to game 6, and then chose Papi’s game 7 over Kody’s but Papi only played two minutes. Instead of recapping their game 6s, I’ll give their total stats, my predictions for their contributions at UVA, and at the end a rundown of the ...

Welcome to the Hoos Place 2019 Summer Hoops Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Louisville Cardinals

Meet one of the 2019-2020 season's most hyped teams, the 2nd year of th...

Game Day 4 was the start of knockout play. All 16 teams entered knockout play, seeded according to their results in group play. As winners of their group, Argentina drew winless Puerto Rico. As second in their group, Australia drew Lithuania, who got third in their group.

Argentina got run out of the gym in the 4th quarter, losing by 20 points to Puerto Rico in a game the South Americans led at half. The stakes and pressure were lower, but in the third and fourt...

Welcome to the Hoos Place 2019 Summer Hoops Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Josh Pastner era in Atlanta has yet to yield a tangible breakthro...

State of the Lines: Revisted

Posted on July 4, 2019, in Football by StLouHoo.

Last year I ran a two-part series looking at the long term rebuild of depth in the trenches, and the herculean undertaking that faced coaches Tujague (OL) and McNeill and So'oto (DL).

Deep-diving each side of the ball drew very strong conclusions with respect to recruiting and retention. My intent is not to re-litigate them this summer; feel free to reread them here:

Game Day 3 was the last day of group play. Group play doesn’t eliminate anyone, it just seeds teams for the final round. The final round doesn’t eliminate anyone either. All 16 teams get four more games and a definitive ranking from 1 to 16. Both Australia (1-1) and Argentina (2-0) came into the day with the possibility to finish anywhere from 1st to 3rd in their group; finishing first would be a big benefit because it would mean playing a 4th place team in the round of 16 and avoiding another 1st place team until the semifinals.

I arrived 45 minutes before Australia’s game against Latvia and found a seat near Coach Soderberg, just in time to watch Mali pull of an upset against Canada. During the 4th quarter, Mali’s bench players were leading “De-Fence! De-Fence!” chants. I haven’t seen players doing organized cheers for their own team outside of girl’s softball. I dug it. After the game, Mali’s coach took Canada’s aside and gave him his business card--talk about a great time to network.

[This series is special to Hoos Place from rushdacote, who is in Crete watching the FIBA U19 World Cup.]

Crete is not excited for UVA basketball, nor is it excited for the U19--many players are 19, so let’s please rename it U20--FIBA World Cup. I arrived Friday night, and I didn’t see a single sign in town about the tournament. Similarly, I dare you to try to find online where the University of Crete’s stadium, the site of half the games, is. N...