Intel Report 9/20/22

Virginia in intent on adding to their 2023 class. What’s going on with the key players of interest there, and early 2024 recruiting. But first, how things went down at the end with the newest Hoo.

Gertrude

As you all know, 2023 Hudson Catholic (NJ) guard Elijah Gertrude announced his commitment to Virginia last Wednesday. He’s their second commit in the class, along with Lake City (ID) big man Blake Buchanan.

There was a little bit of drama with Gertrude at the end, mostly revolving around his visit. He had scheduled the Sept 3rd weekend trip a while back. Then canceled in the week leading up after he was invited to play in a local all-star game that Saturday. In the end of course, the coaching staff convinced him to keep the visit. If not, his recruitment would have lasted into October and gotten dicey.

And then there was the wait for his announcement. It came more than a week afte rhis verbal commitment. He went on a vacation, and waited until he got back to plan his announcement. By that time, it had leaked out and taken the suspense away.

Anyway, everything worked out. Everybody is really excited about him. From the time Coach Williford and then Bennett first laid eyes on him, he was a guy they had to have. They feel like they got a steal. He should have been a lot more heavily recruited than he was.

Cosby Set to Announce

2023 Word of God (NC) guard Davin Cosby Jr. is set to announce his college choice on Saturday. He named four finalists. Virginia, Wake Forest, NC State, and Alabama. He’s visited all of them, most recently NC State over the weekend.

Coach Bennett was in to see him on the first day coaches could go out, Sept 9th. Williford stopped there again last week. The commitment from Gertrude has not slowed down UVA’s pursuit.

Based on what I’ve heard, the choice won’t go our way though. There was a crystal ball pick made for Alabama. It sounds like that will prove right. UVA did come on strong at the end to put themselves into contention, but once Gertrude was on board it was too much to overcome.

GW III Interest Rising

Tony Bennett reportedly held a Zoom meeting on Monday with Chaminade Julienne (OH) combo guard George Washington III. Coach Getter was in Dayton to see the former Ohio State commit last week. There’s obviously very real interest that’s only increasing. Of course, there’s history with him. They hosted him on an unofficial visit last Fall before he committed early to the Buckeyes.

UVA’s involvement with Washington is dependent on what happens with other recruits. And with Cosby seemingly headed elsewhere, it’s trending in that direction. He’s an interesting case. He’s not exactly the point guard they want or the wing shooter, but he’s a little of both.

Washington got crowded out at Ohio State. They kept recruiting other guards, namely Taison Chatman. He didn’t have a great summer. His overall production was okay, but he only shot 31% from three-point range. Shooting is supposed to be his calling card. His stock has fallen as a result.

He’s going to announce a top five on Tuesday. UVA should be included. I do think they’re going to seriously pursue him. Dayton, where his dad is on the women’s staff, is a real possibility. Other than that, it’s not clear who is in contention.

Friday’s Visitor

Virginia hosted 2023 Sidwell Friends (DC) point guard Cameron Gillus on an unofficial visit on Friday. There’s been interest in him for a while. They’ve decided to offer him a spot as a preferred walk-on. He’s had a great high school career against good competition up there. Coach Williford has seen a lot of him.

Several Ivy League schools are recruiting him hard. That’s probably where he’ll end up if not UVA. I’ve heard he was close to committing to Penn at one point. With the need for point guard depth and Chase Coleman set to graduate, he’d be a great addition. It could also be helpful in their recruitment of his Sidwell teammate, 2024 forward Caleb Williams.

Reclass Candidate

Virginia extended their first offer to a point guard in the 2024 class recently, to Dedan Thomas Jr. out of Las Vegas. He’s really more of a 2023 recruit to UVA. Reclassification is very much on the table, and that’s why they’re moving on him early.

If you were searching for the most college-ready point guard in the class who will spend more than a pitstop in college, Dedan is the easy choice. Lots of other schools have the same idea. He’s heavily recruited. Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, etc.

This isn’t one to get too caught up in thinking about right now. It’ll probably be next Spring before things get serious and it’s too soon to say whether UVA will even be in the picture then.

Holding Pattern

UVA is still after South Kent (CT) point guard Elmarko Jackson. Bennett was up there last week. They haven’t gotten him to set a visit date yet. If that happens, it’ll be in October. He’s already visited Miami and has upcoming trips scheduled to Kansas and Texas.

Jesuit (CA) wing Andrej Stojakovic visited Oregon this past weekend. UVA is the only team left in the picture that hasn’t gotten a visit yet. He’s also been to Stanford, UCLA, and Texas. The Bruins have long been considered the favorite.

The writing is on the wall with what they’re doing with other recruits that UVA doesn’t exactly expect to get either of them. But they’re not out of it either, particularly with Elmarko. They’ll continue to exhaust all efforts.

2024 Recruiting Underway

It’s been a slow start to the 2024 cycle, as Bennett is still spending time on seniors. Things will continue to pick up steam in the weeks ahead. . And then after practices start next week, there should be more visitors.

The most noteworthy thing so far has been Bennett going down to Combine Academy (NC) and then offering a scholarship to wing Rakease Passmore. An athletic wing is the one item that’s firmly on the 2024 agenda. They have their primary targets set now, with Passmore and Paul VI (VA) wing Isaiah Abraham. Both were heavily watched this summer. Abraham has already visited twice.

Coaches will be back out this week of course. Their last full week before regular practices start. I know there’s a sweep of the upper midwest planned for Coach Getter. The two Wisconsin guys of particular interest there, guards Nick Janowski and Kon Knueppel. Bennett may pop in as well. I expect he’ll spend another day out this week anyhow.

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Low chance of a Ty Davis trip?

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GWIII - final 5 UVA, Wake, Dayton, TBD1?, TBD2?

A shooter that’s not a great shooter. He’ll fit right in - slide right into Franklin’s slot after he graduates.

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  1. When are more than half of these kids getting their UVA offer?

  2. Can we expect commitments from them in the next month? And can a kid commit before he gets the offer?

Thanks.

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So, have we offered GWIII or is it more of a, you have a scholly if you want to come lol

Wonder if CTB in person is trying to get him on Grounds this weekend, though unofficial sounds close, Louisville or Dayton. Assume CTB wants to wait for next home fb game

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They’re just doing a quick meeting with GW III today. I’m pretty sure Dayton is the only actual offer he has on that list. Until a couple hours from now because UVA is going for it. The others are maybes at best.

After that they’re supposed to go down to Cincinnati to see 2024 big man Raleigh Burgess at his open gym.

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Thanks HGN. Wake mod said they’ve offered and Forbes will be in Ohio tomorrow. Not sure of the validity of course.

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Still doesn’t make sense with Buchanan on the roster unless they see Buchanan playing some 4. Burgess is really good though (aau teammate of Travis Perry, Burgess also a hot commodity for 2024 amongst B1G teams). Still think a Mamadi/Murphy type forward is a better fit and maybe they are just doing due diligence for a kid they really liked while they are already in Ohio.

A more positive takeaway is that maybe they don’t see Buchanan as a redshirt candidate.

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That sounds right. Wake is pretty much in the same spot. They want one more guard after the guy from Texas I assume they’ll get this weekend. Would prefer Silas DeMary but that probably isn’t happening.

GW III is a tricky situation to gauge. Whenever a guy decommits, they look at things differently same as transfers. I’m sure he’s very sensitive to roster congestion. And UVA has some of those issues. I would lean toward him ending up at UVA but it won’t surprise me if he gives a quick listen and heads to Dayton.

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If that’s the case, Dayton is probably the right move

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The thing is…Dayton is a loaded young team. Long term it’s easier because they only have one freshman but it’s not any easier to get on the court right away there than here.

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