We were told last night by a source close to the UVA program that they were no longer pursuing Charleston Southern guard Phlandrous Fleming. People just made me aware that there’s a 247Sports report saying the opposite. That happens. Different equally good sources sometimes give conflicting stories. But I’ll stand by my report here. I feel confident that UVA isn’t in the running. It lines up what I’m seeing and the overall message of “patch job not rebuilt” that’s been conveyed to me repeatedly.
I received some intel this morning that leads me to believe UVA is the heavy favorite right now for East Carolina forward Jayden Gardner. It’s not over until he says it is and other reports suggest it could take up to a week, but it looks very good for our side right now. So let’s just try to relax and let it play out…I know you won’t but it’s worth a shot.
If they do get Gardner, and I emphasize that’s no certainty, they won’t be done. They’re still looking for a wing player in particular. They’ll consider all options there but ideally they’d like a young player, a freshman transfer or even a 2021 recruit. We know they’ve reached out to Texas decommit David Joplin. They’re also taking a look at late blooming Carmel (IN) forward Brian Waddell. He recently picked up an offer from Purdue, where his dad played. I think there’s also an upperclassman transfer they’re involved with, but I don’t have enough yet to put the name out there as concrete.