We’re planning a lot of recruiting content on the blog this week. @JoeBoxley lays out the dream class 2022 scenario, probably later tonight. @brogdonfanpage talked to UVA commit Isaac McKneely about his efforts to recruit classmates, coming tomorrow. And then I’m doing sort of overview of what to expect during this Spring’s late cycle madness.
It’s been reiterated recently that UVA expects to be hit with outgoing transfers, possibly hard. We anticipate a very wild late recruiting cycle, coming and going. Hopefully our young core will stay in place and it won’t be like that. But they’re certainly preparing for the fallout
They’re on the look out ideally for a veteran big man. And are in the market for guard help too. It could turn out to be more than that depending what we lose. There’s not any serious interest in players already available as far as I know.
UVA folks still seem to believe Duke is the most likely landing spot for Trevor Keels, or at least that’s what they’re telling people. It always comes with the stipulation of, “no one really knows”. The lack of production of current guards has given rising hope though. It’s not how we’d like to be in the race, and I’m not personally all that hopeful, but there’s still a real chance there.
They’re in better position for 2022 point guard Austin Nunez than outsiders realize. Seems like a two team race with Texas and it’s probably close to even odds right now. A lot of talk about his relationship with Shaka Smart but it’s not all sunshine. The last two players Lupe Nunez sent there transferred this year. They’re studying UVA closely. I don’t know if it’ll last long enough for visits to happen. Although it could be a positive sign for UVA if he holds off until June to visit. That was a topic of their last Zoom call. They wanted to learn more about Charlottesville.
A big man is on the 2022 agenda, but that seems to be at least on hold until they get through the late cycle. It’s possible something comes up, and plans are altered. Dereck Lively from Westtown (PA) is probably the one guy that’s essentially earned an offer. Whether that ever actually gets handed out will depend on late cycle results and if they believe there’s a good enough chance at getting him. More than anything, that’s telling of the type of player they’ll be after. Athleticism and rim protection at a premium, preferably with center size.
There’s been lots of relcass talk about current 2022 targets. Probably nothing for us to pay attention to right now. Maliq Brown could enroll next year, but they don’t seem to be ready to pounce on him yet. He still has some things to prove and size could be an issue too. Justin Taylor could move up. He’s talking about a summer decision now which opens that window. Barring some real Spring catastrophe, I don’t expect to be a factor in his decision. I wouldn’t completely write off recently offered Bobi Klintman moving up, but it’s not in his plans right now.