Today is the first day of the early signing period for NCAA basketball, when entering class of 2019 recruits are able to sign their National Letters of Intent. Once those letters are received by the schools, the coaches can comment publicly on the players for the first time. Both of the University of Virginia's 2019 recruits, Casey Morsell and Kadin Shedrick, are expected to sign today. To mark the occasion, HOOS Place presents our Scouting Videos on the two players.
First, Seattle Hoo worked all night to put together clips from Kadin Shedrick's summer 2018 AAU game against Team Breakdown. Kadin was super-efficient in this game showing off a silky smooth shooting touch close to the basket as he made all three of his 2pt attempts. He also dished off three assists and did not turn the ball over. Four rebounds and three blocks rounded out his statistical contribution. Kadin is an agile, dextrous big man who runs the floor and is a skilled shotblocker. A late commit, he and his family have integrated nicely into the Hoo tribe, with his sister even teaching the coaching staff some softball.
Second, this Casey Morsell video is older, being from Casey's high school season with St. Johns. Casey has had a tremendous year on the court, leading St. Johns to a 12-6 record in the loaded WCAC, then leading Team Takeover to the EYBL and Peach Jam Championships, running roughshod through EYBL without a loss, and only taking one loss in the Peach Jam. Casey also participated at USA Basketball camps and tryouts where he drew rave reviews. Casey is a 6-2, 175 pound shooting guard, but that 6-2 is deceptive, because he has long arms and a short neck, so he's more like a 6-5 guard who looks like a 6-2 guard. He's a very good three-point shooter who also excels at attacking the rack. He also is a lockdown defender. He figures to flourish under Tony Bennett's tutelage.
The pair of top-100, four-star recruits will allow for a seamless transition from the Class of 2016 to the future for Tony Bennett's program. As of today, they are official!