With the offseason in full swing for the Virginia men's basketball team, the recruiting market is beginning to take shape. While the 2015 class has two scholarships available, and power forward Jarred Reuter has long since signed a Letter of Intent, there's a wealth of possibilities for 2016 when a whopping five scholarships open up.
The early departure of Justin Anderson to the NBA muddies the waters a tad, with an extra scholarship in this year's team opening up. Everyone that Virginia offered in the 2015 class has committed somewhere, and the only remaining small forward reported to have any interest in UVA is Ty Outlaw. Virginia isn't high on Outlaw's list, but that could change with the immediate opening.
Guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy and forward Sacha Killeya-Jones have already offered a verbal commitment to head coach Tony Bennett. All three are composite four-star recruits according to 24/7 Sports, and already comprise what is expected to be not only an important recruiting class for Bennett & Co., but a very solid one at that.
In March, it was reported that UVA is going hard in their attempts to land five-star combo guard Josh Langford out of Alabama, ranked No. 15 overall in the country by 24/7. Langford has received offers from Duke, Michigan, Kansas, and Indiana among others; UVA has yet to pull the trigger on that front. Mamadi Diakite, a 6-9 power forward out of nearby Blue Ridge School, was offered a scholarship by the Cavaliers and is said to be planning visits to Georgetown, Southern Cal, and Washington as well as Virginia. For what it's worth, 24/7's Crystal Ball has Diakite, the top prospect in the state, as a Cavalier with complete certainty. Four-star big man Jay Huff, a native of Durham, N.C., is also high on the Cavaliers' list.
They've also offered Kobi Simmons, a five-star combo guard from Atlanta. Getting Simmons would be a major coup for the Cavaliers, but his interest is low. New Jersey's Tyus Battle and Tennessee's Braxton Blackwell are two to keep an eye on at the small forward position, and three-star shooting guard De'Monte Buckingham out of Richmond has the potential to be a helpful pickup, with Malcolm Brogdon (the only true SG on the team) set to graduate in 2016.
With Bennett now able to sell not just his system, but the rewards that have been reaped from said system, his recruiting results can only get better. Those results could manifest themselves as soon as the next National Signing Day on Nov. 11.