Spring Recruiting Wiki

Recruiting Wiki for use during the remainder of the 22-23 Season:

For those new to following recruiting and who also value their free time: It only matters when it’s Tony himself court side and then staff being court side for a kid Tony himself has already been court side for, as a continued UVA presence.

For those who are insane and don’t have better hobbies I will be looking for Vandross’ v sabre hat, Getter’s white jacket, and Williford’s laid back seating position as they watch kids we will never hear about, hoping one of the new kids is someone that assistant convinces Tony to show up for.

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2024 Offers

Already Officially Visited

Kon Knueppel : Wing from Wisconsin. Visited with parents for the Duke game in February. Multiple people on Wisconsin sites saying it’s a 3 way race between Wisconsin, Virginia, and Marquette. Fear of blue blood involvement over the summer from Wisconsin fans on top of annoyance with Tony Bennett. Comparison is Joe Harris. (AAU: Team Herro/Nike)

Unofficial visit and offer

Raleigh Burgess : Center from Ohio. Plays on Indiana Elite (same aau team as Kyle Guy). B1G battle between Indiana Ohio State Iowa and Purdue. But the fact that he visited means something. (AAU: Indiana Elite/Adidas)

Caleb Williams : Skilled forward from Sidwell Friends in DC. UVA Michigan Indiana battle? Williford wants this kid bad probably. Somewhere between Gill and Hauser in terms of playstyle. Modern 4 man. Kind of like how we use BVP and Jayden. (AAU: Team Takeover/Nike)

Isaiah Abraham : Athletic wing/forward at PVI in Northern Virginia. Justin Anderson/Braxton Key type is the comp. Has completely bought into his glue guy role on PVI. Has mentioned wanting to visit UVA Marquette Villanova UConn and Kansas State. Won’t be taking official visits until after HS season is over. (AAU: Team Takeover/Nike)

Patrick Ngongba : Center from PVI. Only visited once but too lazy to make a new section. Isaiah Abraham’s cousin. Dude is a blocking machine. Completely outplayed 2023 top 50 center Arrinten Page. A more defensive minded Mike Tobey. (AAU: Team Takeover/Nike)

Jarin Stevenson : Athletic 4/5 from Chapel Hill area. Trey Murphy type. Dad is former CAA player of the year at Richmond under John Beilein. Mom is a former UNC hooper. UNC’s front court is kinda full but all the connections will still be hard to beat. Kentucky has been coming up more in his recruitment interviews. (AAU: Team United/Nike)

Scheduled to visit :n/a at the moment

Said they were planning to visiting at some point

Daniel Freitag : Point guard from Minnesota. Numerous times it has been mentioned UVA and Wisconsin are his current top 2 but Kansas lurking and football could be an option for him. 5’11/6ft but 6’6/6’7 wingspan and some serious ups. Said he wanted to visit after football season was over. (AAU: Howard Pulley/Nike)

Travis Perry : Pg from Kentucky. Indiana Elite (same aau program as Kyle Guy and 2024 center Raleigh Burgess). Dude has over 3000 career points and has a good chance to be the leading all time scorer in Kentucky HS basketball. Also he plays golf and Kyle Getter actually showed up to his golf tournament lol. Purdue seen as early favorites. Indiana and Michigan are also trying and Kentucky has offered/could be really annoying and push for him whenever they want. (AAU: Indiana Elite/Adidas)

Thomas Sorber : Center from Philly. Don’t think we have had a big like this before. Jayden Gardner but 6’9 and blocks shots and allso shoots 3s (again don’t say this as a diss to Jayden. Jayden is still a top 5 hoo for me in terms of fan favorites). Penn State, St Johns, and Seton Hall as the local schools that all get mentioned but he’s playing like a 5 star and he originally wanted to commit in the spring but now he’s saying after AAU is over. Sammy Zeglinski’s brother is his high school coach. Said he wanted to visit in the next month or so according to Houston Wilson’s recent interview with him. (AAU: Team Final/Nike)

Kids without offers but who have unofficial visited that we know of

Christian Bliss : Point guard originally from Queens but playing basketball at the George School in Pennsylvania (playing Philly and New Jersey schools). Perrantes/Jerome type of player. Best attribute is he’s a “hooper”. Floor general but has some attitude. Has some bounce even though his game is more “crafty”. Missed most of the aau season but has been having a really strong two month opening to HS ball, showing out at national tournaments and putting up big numbers (like 32 points against Bullis). Mid major recruitment so far but he’s on the radar of some high majors (UVA, Villanova, Xavier, The Seton Hall/Rutgers/St Johns conglomerate that I view as one entity). Strong candidate to reclass 2023. (AAU: NY Rens)

Cooper Bowser: Forward from the Dumfries area but at Sunrise Christian Postgrad. Good wingspan. Good 3pt shooting. Blocks the rim. Has bounce. Shows some mobility. Is he a dude? Idk. I like him though. Also unofficially visited the Hokies recently and has a few midmajor offers. 2023 possible target

Damon “Redd” Thompson Jr : Richmond pg who has been having a strong year leading John Marshall who is currently #1 in the Maxprep rankings (excludes IMG/Montverde). Kid is a dawg and a baller. No real player comp for him. Midmajor recruitment at the moment. (AAU: Team Loaded VA/Adidas)

Kids with UVA offers who mention UVA

Jaeden Mustaf: 6’6 guard currently playing high school basketball in North Carolina. The year before was at DeMatha in DC. Dad is Jerrod Mustaf, Maryland alum and NBA player. He mentioned recently having a good relationship with Tony Bennett. Do it all guard. Not the perfect comparison but his game is complete like Brogdon’s if that makes sense. Indiana and NC State are involved. If FSU and Georgetown were in better situations they would be very strong in this recruitment, along with Maryland. (AAU: Boo Williams/Nike)

Kids with offers who aren’t mentioning UVA in interviews anymore

Rakease Passmore, Juke Harris

Kids without UVA offers but mention UVA being in contact in multiple interviews

Jahseem Felton: Originally from Charlotte Area but playing bball in California. Raymond Felton’s cousin. Has mentioned UVA still in contact. Probably lack of clarity on roster construct and needs a factor in no offer(?). NC State Creighton and Auburn mentioned most by him as schools showing heavy interest. Big scoring guard/secondary ball handler. (AAU: B Maze Elite/Under Armour)

Elijah Crawford : Pointguard playing in Georgia at Legacy (same league as Montverde and IMG) but from South Carolina. Don’t know too much about him. A shallow dive into his recruitment makes me believe he will end up at a middle of the pack $EC school. Georgia LSU South Carolina FSU and BC the other schools mentioned multiple times in interviews (AAU: The Skills Factory/Nike)

Micah Robinson : Athletic Wing forward from Texas but playing at Oak Hill. Athletic, skilled, has some attitude. Not sure if UVA has a chance but why not. (AAU: South East Elite/Adidas)

Bryson McGlothin : 2024 forward out of Texas. Plays with Team Trae Young (Believe Tony watched him once or twice this summer while watching a kid named Dink Pate whose a top 40-60 recruit). Ive noticed in my social media stalking Wilkins and I think Carpenter liking his stuff over the year. He’s a good prospect at the 4 spot with +wingspan and shooting touch at 6’7/6’8. (AAU: Team Trey Young/Adidas

Jackson McAndrew : Stretch 4/5 from Minnesota. Wisconsin Iowa and a few other B1G schools involved. 6’8 with long arms but not super bouncy or quick. Was one of the best shooters in Nike though. AAU teammates with Daniel Freitag and they have talked about playing with each other. Wisconsin wants the package deal. (AAU: Howard Pulley/Nike)

Zion Sensley : Skilled 6-8 forward from California. Plays for Prolific Prep. Has good shooting numbers and efficiency along with solid athleticism. No idea if UVA has a chance or if he is a Tony fit but he has mentioned UVA multiple times so our program at least has his attention. Most west coast programs are in contact with him. (AAU: Team WhyNot/Nike)

Larry Johnson: Athletic 6’4 combo guard from Atlanta playing at Huntington Prep (WV). Kid is super athletic and quick while also shooting efficiently. He moves a lot like Reece Beekman, maybe a bit more explosive as well as a better 3pt shooter out of HS but not as complete a playmaker Reece was out of HS. He claims to have a UVA offer on instagram, HGN believes this isn’t true but at the same time believes he’s going to be super hard to get anyways. Oregon and Mizzou are the two early P5 programs on him at the moment. (AAU: either Skills Factory or We All Can Go)

Kids on the staff’s radar not mentioned here: over 1 billion kids probably. And somewhere in there is Ty Davis : pg from Alabama. (AAU: Pro1/Underarmour)

and Damarien Yates: Forward from Memphis area whose currently in the 2023 class but looking to do a prep year somewhere. Dark Horse candidate for Mr. Tennessee averaging a double double. Do it all forward who is a little raw but also very DAWG-like. Shows flashes of being that talented skilled 4 man and then also shows flashes of being that tough Akil like interior presence (Akil was skilled too, let him shoot 3s Tony).

Best part of summer is when a new name that staff have been on but is unknown to us fans comes out of nowhere. Like Christmas in July.

Don’t think we will see heavy activity until the Spring. @HoozGotNext has hinted that with roster uncertainty (who comes back and who goes) and also who we get in the portal (grad transfer or long term prospects), there is a lot of uncertainty as to who we will actually go after in terms of HS prospects. And of course a ton of new names will pop up as well.

Needs will be point guards, a shooting wing, and a front court player.

Current 2023-24 Scholarship Projection Breakdown:

Current 2024-25 Scholarship Projection Breakdown:

Credit to @StLouHoo for the Scholarship Breakdown Projections