The UVA folks are keeping things sealed tight with transfer recruiting. Other than a miniscule tidbit here and there, we’ve been totally dependent on chasing down outside sources to find out what’s going on. I did hear there’s been staff zoom calls all day today, as they’re working their contacts and consulting with each other.
He followed me on twitter today so of course I asked him for a short comment on his Zoom.
From what I hear, he’s getting the full treatment. They really do want him bad. it was him and his dad on the call with Coach Bennett and Coach Kyle Getter. The example of Trey Murphy coming from a lower level and becoming an NBA prospect is being hammered home. He and Trey know each other too, same age from the Triangle area.
Gardner told me he wants to decide within 3 weeks at most, probably a lot sooner. His name in the portal wasn’t a surprise to UVA. Team Loaded (Adidas) folks had been in contact with schools. I think the first to get Zooms with him are the strong frontrunners out of the gate. He’d prefer the ACC, so his family could see him play a lot. NC State has the hometown angle, some friends on the team. Miami is even thinner than we are up front. He playfully ended his convo with me “Go Wahoos” and a grinning emoji.
UVA is very active with him. They’ve done at least one Zoom meeting already and a virtual tour. He’s not talkative, so I’m not totally sure who all is seriously in the mix. Illinois sources are reporting a 2nd Zoom scheduled for this weekend. I think it all comes to a head soon. Indiana has some hope of keeping him. I’m hearing UVA is open to adding more than one guard for what it’s worth. .
Nothing new here in terms of specifics. Just a lot of people telling me UVA is in the running. I expect this to be one where there’s just a commitment one day soon with little public noise beforehand. UVA clearly believes they have a good chance. He’s had some contact with players too. I’m a little skeptical to be honest. Maybe because we’ve been here before with him. But also I don’t know how engaged Gonzaga is yet since they’re still busy playing.
Nobody from UVA has said a word to me about Powell. Only the people that cover Kentucky have.
They don’t think UK is in the running at all now. Like his friend Kessler, he’s not talking. Tennessee, Louisville, and Gonzaga folks seem to believe they’re in this. Not sure what to make of it honestly but there’s a lot of that going on. My guess is he would come into play if UVA lands Kessler.
CJ Felder is expected to decide soon. Barring a change or some seriously secret work from the staff, it looks like he’ll head elsewhere.
I’ve heard there’s some internal debate about Noah Locke. Which is the same as it was when he was originally recruited. Everything’s fluid right now, but doesn’t sound as if they’ll be seriously involved.