There are a few other minor points that keep running through my head. None of them are quantifiable and could mean zero, or could be something significant.
1)It seems Keels is a UVA fan at heart. I still havent seen him in any UNC or Villanova gear. Thats got to mean something…the question is What is something?..No one seems to know…I think this point is very speculative and can very drastically from recruit to recruit, and situation to situation. But I dont think it is common for recruits to wear apparel of their home state team and then go play for the rival. There could be no better way to absolutely crush all the local fans than doing this. Just feels like in the back of his head, he knows where he wants to go already…just waiting for the right moment, or perhaps waiting to commit is a common method to boost name recognition.
- I also think we have finished the season with some serious momentum. We beat all of our ACC rivals, and Coach Bennett had arguably his best coaching year with surprisingly losing so much talent, yet he and our boys were still able to turn the ship, and finish second in the ACC. It was another UVA tail of perseverance. Meanwhile Roy Williams and company had plenty of talent to work with and their season ended in the most ugly fashion possible. The entire season and state of the team and emotional negativity from Williams cant be attractive to the average recruit. When Williams called his team “the least gifted he has ever coached” I cringed. Again, not quantifiable but both are a positive development for us since early February.
3)Trey Murphy! So we landed Trey Murphy and it just so happened that the battle was between us and Villanova. Not sure what this could mean, but apparently one of the nations top transfers saw Virginia as the better school to develop and become a better basketball player. It also feels again like another huge boost in positive momentum. Also, didnt it seem like Leader Johnson and crew began giving up on Keels until after Murphy decided on UVA over Villanova. Could just be a coincidence.
4)Nothing has changed! So what I mean by that is both Duke and UNC have offered, and it has become old news by now. But after all those offers seems like the talk is still and has always been about UVA. Coach Bennett offered him 14 months ago, and Coach Bennett still wants him on the team. We have been after him longer than any other major program. Thats got to be in our favor.
So again, I like to speculate, and these points could mean nothing or something. Either way apparently the current sentiment universally is we are in the lead.