It may be the offseason, but there’s no shortage of significant news coming out regarding the Virginia men’s basketball program, from recruiting updates to practice clips as the team begins its season preparations. Every Friday, we’ll post a recap covering all the latest Cavaliers headlines from the week.
Most of this week’s news comes on the recruiting front, where multiple 2023 prospects have included Virginia in their latest cuts.
Just a week after extending an offer to Trey Green (Mooresville, N.C.), the four-star point guard has Virginia in the top five along with Xavier, LSU, VCU and Miami. He is due to announce his decision on Saturday. Green did not attend UVA, so the chances of him choosing the Cavaliers are slim. Xavier is the leading favourite.
On Friday, Virginia landed in the top three for four-star wing Jamie Kaiser, one of the top prospects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Burke, Va., native has whittled his offer list down from nearly 40 programs to the final three of UVA, Indiana and Maryland. All three schools have hosted Kaiser on official visits this summer, but the Terrapins are the favorite to land his commitment when he announces his decision on Sunday, Aug. 7.
The Cavaliers are finalists for five recruiting targets in the 2023 class. In addition to Kaiser and Green, Virginia made the top lists for four-star combo guard Freddie DiLione (Raleigh, NC), four-star combo guard Tyson Chatman (Minneapolis, MN) and four-star wing Andrei Stojakovic (Carmichael, CA).
UVA hosted several Grounds recruiting targets this week in each of the 2023, 2024 and 2025 classes.
6’3″ combo guard Elijah Gertrude (Jersey City, NJ), one of Virginia’s top targets in the 2023 class, completed an official visit to UVA last week. He has offers from Kansas, Syracuse, St. John’s, Rutgers, Pittsburgh , and other.
Three 2024 targets also visited UVA in the past few days and each left with scholarship offers: 6’5″ shooting guard Jaden Mustaf (Matthews, NC), 6’4″ combo guard Jaden “Juke” Harris (Salisbury, N.C. Carolina) and 6’7″ wing Caleb Williams (Washington, DC) were offered by Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers this week.
Class of 2025 Colt Langdon, a 6’8″ wing from Raleigh, NC, got an early jump on the recruiting process by visiting UVA on Wednesday.
Langdon and the other visitors this week were able to practice as Virginia prepares for its 10-day exhibition tour in Italy next week. The Cavaliers will play four exhibition games from August 10-20.
UVA’s “Green Machine” (Scout/Practice Squad) features quite the star-studded cast on Friday, with alumni Mamadi Diakite, Anthony Gill, Sam Hauser and Jay Huff returning to Grounds to help out with drills.
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On the horizon
- Trey Green will announce his college decision on Saturday and Jamie Kaiser will announce his commitment choice on Sunday
- 2023 shooting guard Davin Cosby (Richmond, VA) and 2024 guard Jackson Prunty (Davidson, NC) have scheduled visits to Virginia in the month of August. Prunty will be in Charlottesville this coming weekend, and Cosby will visit on August 26.
- We’re not sure how much footage/content will be made available from UVA’s exhibition tour in Italy next week, but we’ll be on the lookout for it, ready to analyze more.
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