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Recruiting Big Board

Updated July 19, 2017 by StLouHoo

This will be built out and kept updated as new info becomes available, either adding names, taking them off, or updating our status (to include our roster situation as needed).

Note: I list HS recruits only if there's been a media report that UVA is involved (evaluating, offered, communicating). For transfers, however, since intel is often scarce, I list those that either (a) there's real speculation, (b) there was a HS recruiting relationship, or (c) they are an ACC level talent and meet an area of need.

Interest level is largely subjective based on publicly available knowledge, is intended to reflect a combination of (a) UVA's interest in the recruit, (b) the recruit's interest in UVA, and (c) the speed with which the recruitment is approaching the finish line (i.e., still wide open? finalists announced? commitment date set?). It is intended to help fans understand on which recruits to focus most:
  Hot - UVA is a legit finalist and a decision is imminent
  Warm - there's mutual love and we're in the lead pack (though not necessarily the leader)
  Moderate - there's mutual interest but it's still early enough not to get too invested
  Cool - there's a two-way relationship but nothing to indicate much movement anytime soon.

All star-ratings and rankings shown are taken from 247Sports' in-house when available.

Scholarship situation - 11 eligible for 2017-18 season: (Listed by projected graduation year)
2018 (3): G Johnson, G Hall, PF Wilkins
2019 (1): C Salt
2020 (3): G Jerome, G Guy, PF/C Diakite
2021 (3): G/F Hunter, G/F Anthony, PF/C Huff 

2022 (1): PF Badocchi

Available 2018 scholarships: 5

Available 2019 scholarships: 1 + any unused for 2018

2018 High School Targets

Guards

With Offers

PG Jahvon Quinerly (5* #8) - 6'0" 165# - Status: Offered - Interest: Warm - AAU: Sports U Team Izod / UnderArmor - Villanova likely leads, UVA second, with interest also in Arizona, Seton Hall, and maybe Kansas. Was at JPJ NBPA Top 100 Camp 6/18, parents visited with staff but Quinerly was unable to stay after. (4/28 Rivals.com Update)

PG Will Richardson (4* #33) - 6'4"  170 lb - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: E1T1 / Nike - UVA reached out after Pangos camp. (6/22 247 Update)

PG AJ Green (4* #82) - 6'3" 175# - Status: Offered - Interest: - Moderate - AAU: Iowa Barnstormers / Adidas - UVA offered after 1st July Live Period, 7/17. 

PG Jaelin Llewellyn (3* #129) - 6'1" 160# - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Team Loaded VA / Adidas - Bouncy Canadian, recruiting gaining steam. Plays for Staples at VES. Efficient pass-first lead guard on productive Loaded squad. Visited UVA on May 29th.  Had a rough time at Adidas Gauntlet Finals.  (5/29 Sabre Update)

PG Elijah Weaver - (4* #34) - 6'5" 190# - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Team Breakdown / UnderArmor - UVA visited him week of 3/27. Was at JPJ for NBPA Top 100 camp 6/14-18. Looking to take his recruitment into the school year, take lots of visits. (5/2 MadeHoops.com Update)

G Noah Locke (4* #65) - 6'2" 175# - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Team Melo / Nike - Score-first PG, big weekend in Indy, led to UVA offer. Mutual interest reported. Late Maryland offer may change landscape. Recent visits to ND and Michigan. Visited UVA on 6/30. (5/18 Rivals Update)

PG David Duke (4* #59) - 6'4" 190# - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Mass Rivals / Adidas - UVA offered after 2nd live weekend. Was at JPJ for NBPA Top 100 camp 6/14-18. UVA sent a large contingent to watch him in MA on 7/17. Listed in Top 20 on Twitter 5/26.

PG Rob Phinisee (3* #156) - 5'11" 155 # - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Indiana Elite / Adidas - From Indiana. Visited last fall. Quiet of late, due to lingering injuries during AAU play. In 5/31 video interview with Rivals, lists us as one of 4 main schools along with IU, Purdue, and Butler. Intends to decide in August.

PG Devon Dotson (5* #19) - 6'2" 180# - Status: Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Charlotte / Under Armour - UVA is continuing to recruit him despite not making his June Top 8. 

 G Michael Devoe (4* #87) - 6'2" 160# - Status: Offered- Interest: Cool - AAU: Nike South Beach / Nike - From Florida, UVA listed in lead group with UF, WVU, WF, USC, and tOSU. (7/6 Orlando Sentinel Feature)

G Rasir Bolton (3* #171) - 6'2" 175# - Status: Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Loaded VA / Adidas - Visited for UNC game, HS teammates with Keldon Johnson. Lead scoring guard on productive Loaded squad with 3 other UVA targets.

Under Evaluation

PG Marcus Zegarowski (3* 219) 6'1" 165# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: NE Expressions / Nike - New name for the Hoos.  Has been called New England's most underrated point guard.  Only a 3* in rankings, but look for that to go way up as he has done very well in AAU this season on the EYBL.  A UVA offer could be forthcoming soon. (Rivals)

G Duane Cohill (3* #126) - 6'4" 170# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Ohio Basketball Club/Adidas - Will cut his list after July and decide before HS season. (Scout Q&A)

G Trey Murphy (Unranked) - 6'4" 165# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - Sharp shooter, late bloomer out of Raleigh, UVA evaluating. (PhenomHoopReport.com Update)

Wings

With Offers

G/F Keldon Johnson (5* #11) - 6'6" 205# - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate -  AAU: Boo Williams / Nike - visited for UNC game, quiet about recruiting. UVA mentioned as in contention, Texas, Maryland making a move. Likely a drawn out recruitment.  Was at JPJ for NBPA Top 100 camp 6/14-18. (5/30 Rivals Update)

SG Landers Nolley (4* #113) - 6'4" 175# - Status: Offer undetermined - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Nike South Beach / Nike - UVA reported as talking to him, may visit in June. (5/26 Rivals Update)

SF Noah Kirkwood (3* #183) - 6'7" 210# - Status: Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: Brookwood Elite / Adidas - Canadian, offers from Nova, ND, UVA, Texas, Vandy. Quiet of late. Good July performance after quiet U19 showing.

Under Evaluation

SF Quentin Grimes (5* #16) - 6'5" 180# - Status: Evaluating* - Interest: Cool - AAU: Basketball University / Adidas - Has not cut list.  *UVA offered last year, but not sure if that offer is still open or if Grimes is really considering the Hoos. (2017-07-15 SEC Country)

SF Keyontae Johnson (4* #110) - 6'5" 190# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Boo Williams / Nike - Had a good July live weekend at Peach Jam.

SF Jeenathan Williams (4* #102) - 6'5" 190# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: City Rocks / Nike - Drive-first wing, reportedly contacted by UVA late June. UVA will evalute closely at Peach Jam. Lots of high-major offers so far.

SF Kaden Archie (4* #118) - 6'6" 200# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: - Urban DFW / Adidas - Big spring has shot him into 4-star status. Lots of HM interest this summer. UVA mentioned for reaching out. (7/11 Endless Motor Update)

SF Aaron Nesmith (3* #164) - 6'5" 180# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: TMP / UnderArmour - Blowing up a bit.  South Carolina is only school he knows he wants to visit. (2017-07-13 Rivals Report)

F Ignas Brazdeikis (4* #45) - 6'8" 200# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: CIA Bounce / Nike - Versatile wing who could play stretch 4.  Canadian scoring machine.  UVA has quiet involvement, he has been to JPJ with NBPA 100. (May 2017 Rivals)

SF Frankie Policelli (3* #131) - 6'7" 192# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: NY Jayhawks / Adidas - Versatile wing who may be perpetually under-rated.  Evaluated by UVA.  Has struggled so far in July against top competition. (2017-06-08 Syrause.Com)

SF Isaiah Mucius (4* #68) - 6'8" 183# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: PSA Cardinals / Nike - Top 100 wing transferring to Brewster Academy in NH for senior year.  Performing well with Cole Anthony at EYBL. (2017-06-29 Zagsblog)

SF Samba Diallio (Unranked) - 6'7" 190# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: NY Jayhawks / Adidas - AAU teammage of Frankie Policelli.  (247 Recruit Database)

G/F Saddiq Bey (4* #94) - 6'6" 185# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: DC Premier / UnderArmour - UVA watched in NYC, big game in front of Tony. No UVA offer yet. Was at JPJ for NBPA Top 100 camp. 

G/F Maka Ellis (3* #205) - 6'4" 190# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Las Vegas Elite / unaffiliated - Sanchez reportedly watched him last weekend at LV24.

G/F Matthew Mitchell (3*, unranked in 2017) - 6'6" 220 lb - Status: Undetermined - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team DreamVision / Adidas - CSU-Fullerton De-Commit, reclassifying from 2017 to 2018. Teammate of J'Raan Brooks. Twitter relationship with Williford.

SF Hunter Tyson (3* #150) - 6'7" 190# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: CP3 / Nike - Mentioned in 5/31 Rivals rundown as one of 3 ACC schools checking him out. Wake offer best so far.

Posts:

With Offers

C David McCormack (5* #24) - 6'10" 290# - Status: Offered - Interest: Warm - AAU: Team Loaded VA / Adidas - Recent UVA offer, though long-time relationship. Very traditional big-bodied center. Attracting blue blood attention. Scheduled to visit UVA week of 5/29. Was at JPJ for NBPA Top 100 camp 6/14-18, but no report of visit after. (5/21 MadeHoops Update)

PF Joey Hauser (4* #31) - 6'8" 210# - Status: Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: Iowa Barnstormers / Adidas - stretch 4, considering Marquette, Wisconsin, MSU as well. No visit scheduled yet. Likely to decide in August. (4/27 247Sports Interview)

Under Evaluation

F Josh LeBlanc (4* #63) - 6'6" 180# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Louisiana Elite / UnderArmour - Undersized but lethal combo forward, plays like a bulldog. UVA watched first July weekend.

F Nate Laszewski (4* #93) - 6'9" 200# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: NE Playaz / Adidas - Listed as a small forward by some services, UVA likely evaluating as a post.  Wake Forest heavily involved and see him as successor to Dinos Mitoglou.  Strong performance in spring AAU.  Old name for UVA, but new interest? (2017-05-05 Blogger So Dear - WFU - report)

PF Immanuel "Manny" Bates (3* #140) - 6'9" 195# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Loaded NC / Adidas - Watched during 1st July Live Weekend. Staff following up and intends to watch more.

PF Riley Battin (3* #142) - 6'9" 220# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Earl Watson Elite / UnderArmour - Southern California-based big-bodied stretch 4. Very refined post game with solid face-up shot, lacks elite athleticism. GT, Vandy, and Utah recent power conference offers. Big showing at Pangos camp. Josh LeBlanc tore him up in head-to-head first July AAU week.  Staff will likely evaluate in Vegas.

PF Vincent Lee (unranked) - 6'8" 215# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - Dallas-based PF who had a big weekend at the 6/3 Pangos All American camp. UVA reached out week of 6/5.  (6/12 Rivals Update)

F Kristian Sjolund (3* #158) - 6'8" 190# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - Norwegian by way of Texas - visited UVA this year, not apparent he's playing AAU ball (may be back in Europe) (2/21 Scout Update)

F Jimmy Nichols (3* #212) - 6'7" 201# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Garner Road / Adidas - UVA talking to him along with NC State. Miami is best offer so far.

PF Tyrese Samuel (3* #119) - 6'8" 220# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: UPlay Canada / Nike - Showed well in Hampton. Canadian import. (2/12 Scout Update)

PF/C Lukas Kisunas (3* #229) - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - Lithuanian, Brewster Acadamy - no offer, evaluating with Pitt (1/23 ZagsBlog Update)

C Emmanuel Dowuona (3* #134) - 6'10" 220# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool -  AAU: Team Breakdown / Under Armor - Tony evaluating. Showing Miami, Purdue offers so far. Raw but high upside international project. 

 

2019 High School Targets

PG Andrew Nembhard (5* #16) - 6'4" 160lb - Status: Offered - Interest: 
Moderate - AAU: UPlay Canada / Nike - Sat out early AAU play with injuries. Possible 2018 reclass. Canadian but prepping at Montverde Academy in FL. (6/2 Rivals Update)

PG Bryce Wills (4* #23) - 6'3" 170lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Moderate - AAU: NY Rens / Nike - Same HS (Iona Prep) Ty Jerome, reports he talks with UVA a lot.

PG Deuce Dean (Unrated) - 6'4" 170lb - Status Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Loaded NC / Adidas - Reported by Team Loaded's Twitter on 6/6 that UVA had been in contact.  Deuce is aware of and responds to UVA-related Twitter feeds.

SF Christian Brown (5* #15) - 6'6" 198lb - Status Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Game Elite / Adidas - High level wing out of SC. Offers from Blue Bloods make this one unlikely.

SF Aundre Hyatt (4* #45) - 6'7" 205lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Boo Williams / Nike - Sharpshooting wing, attracting top attention early. Preps at Miller School in Charlottesville.

SF Josiah James (4*) - 6'6" 195# - Status : Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: TMP / UnderArmour - Received an offer after the first July Live Period.  Teammate of Nesmith.  Mutual interest probably stronger with James than with Nesmith.  Look for James' stock to rise.  Could end up being a Top 25 kind of player.

SF  Khalif Battle (4*) - 6'4" 170# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Team Final / Nike - Visited UVA in June.  Younger brother of Tyus Battle, who strongly considered UVA before killing us in the Carrier Dome as the spiritual heir of Malachi Richardson.  Maybe not as big or athletic as older bro, Khalif can really shoot it and has good skills.  Another one to keep an eye on. (2017-05-06 - Scout)

PF/C Armando Bacot (4* #59) - 6'9" 225lb - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate - AAU: Team Loaded VA / Adidas - Local Richmond kid, visited multiple times. Good relationship with Bennett. Getting Duke/Carolina interest. (5/26 Rivals Update)

PF/C Isaac Johnson (4* #35) - 6'10" 200lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: - Mentioned at NBPA Top 100 camp that UVA has interest. (6/14 Twitter Update) 

PF/C Qudus Wahab (4* #106) - 6'11" 235lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Boo Williams / Nike, Team Loaded NC / Adidas - Local Ashburn kid (Virginia Academy), has visited for games.

PF/C Malcolm Wilson (3* Unranked) -  6'10" 205lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: SC Upward Stars / Adidas (16U) -
 (4/24 Rivals Update)

CG Malachi Poindexter (3* Unranked) - 6'2" 150# - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool -  Louisa High School star can really fill it up and has a great attitude.  Has visited UVA unofficially and loves the Hoos.  Ambitious kid.

 

2020 High School Targets

PG Jeremy Roach - 6'2" 165lb - Status: Offered - Interest: Moderate -  AAU: Team Takeover / Nike - Preps at Paul VI in Fairfax. (4/26 Rivals Update)(6/5 Rivals Update)

PG Dwon Odom - 6'3" 180lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Atlanta Celtics / Adidas - Projected Top 50 PG, says Duke is his dream school. (5/30 Rivals Update); (3/22 Rivals Update)

G/F Shemar Morrow - 6'4" 185 lb - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: - Listed by Shemar on his Twitter on 7/9 as one of 13 schools he's looking at.

Henry Coleman - 6'6" - Status: Evaluating - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Loaded / Adidas - Benedicting (Richmond) forward, shining on Loaded's 16U and 15U squads. Reported that UVA has reached out.

PF Isaiah Todd - 6'9" 190lb - Status: Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Loaded / Adidas (17U) and Team Thrill / Under Armour (16U) - Potential 5-star from Richmond (John Marshall HS), has visited for games at JPJ. (3/23 PrepHoops.com Update), (5/29 Scout Update), (6/2 Rivals Update)

C Hunter Dickinson - 6'11" 220lb - Status: Offered - Interest: Cool - AAU: Team Takeover / Nike - Young post playing 2 years above his age with TTO's 17U. Preps at DeMatha. (Youth1.com Update)