Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will check in on how the class of 2016 is doing in the high school playoffs, and take a look at the offensive line situation in football.
While the current UVa basketball team is marching towards the biggest three weeks of the season, its future players have been hard at work chasing championships of their own.
On Tuesday night, 2016 guard Kyle Guy took the court by storm in the sectional quarterfinals, netting 25 points in the first half alone. Guy finished with a game-high 34 points to help Lawrence Central (IN) cruise by Roncalli 68-54. Guy and the Bears will take on Lawrence North in the semi finals on Friday night.
Guy was not the only future Wahoo that started a game strong to help lead his team to victory. In the Empire State, Ty Jerome, who had missed two straight games with a hip flexer returned to the court on Saturday for the league championship game. Like his fellow 2016 commit, Jerome started the game on fire, tallying 23 points before halftime. Jerome finished the contest with a remarkable 33 points, eight rebounds, and three assists to help lead Iona Prep to a 72-59 triumph over St. Raymond's. Iona Prep will be the top seed in the intercessional tournament, beginning on March 8th.
While Guy and Jerome have their sights set on the top prize, 2016 commit Sacha Killeya-Jones fell one game short on Saturday afternoon. Killeya-Jones finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, but it was not enough, as VES fell to Blue Ridge 65-54 in the VISAA State Championship Game. The Blue Ridge School is of course home to UVa target Mamadi Diakite. Diakite and Killeya-Jones were locked into their third intense battle of the season, before the former was ejected from the game in the third quarter.
Switching to football, where It looks like Virginia will be hitting the offensive line hard in the class of 2016. On Tuesday, the Cavaliers extended an offer to Bishop O'Connell offensive tackle Jay Jay McCargo. McCargo holds nearly 20 FBS offers, including Auburn, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. The 6-4, 270 pound McCargo is rated three stars and the number 12 player in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com.
Speaking of the offensive line, Virginia welcomed a host of visitors for last weekend's junior day, including PA offensive tackle Jacob Buccigrossi. Buccigrossi currently resides in Pittsburgh, but was born in Richmond. The 6-4, 280 pound tackle currently holds offers from Toldeo, Temple, ODU, and Akron in addition to the Cavaliers. Expect the talented lineman to gauge more interest from regional suitors, including Penn State and Pitt in the coming months. His recruitment will be one to watch.
Buccigrossi was not the only lineman to make his way to grounds over the weekend. Red Bank New Jersey offensive tackle Liam Smith was in the house for junior day on Saturday. Smith holds nearly a dozen offers, including Duke, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Syracuse. The three-star tackle will visit the ACC schools in the Tar Heel State throughout the month. Expect interest to rise with this one as well.
That will do it for today's Recruiting Roundup. Have a great week everybody.