Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will provide an update on 2015 sharpshooter Kenny Williams, and touch on a few storylines regarding the class of 2016.
Fresh off of visits to North Carolina and UVa, former VCU commit Kenny Williams has now planned three official visits. According to Jack Herron of Vantage Hoops, the four star guard plans to take OVs to UVa, Florida, and Michigan. Williams has taken officials to UNC and obviously VCU in the past, making the Virginia/Florida/Michigan trio the final three of the allotted five official visits.
While the dates are not set in stone at this time, there are several key storylines at play here. Will UF coach Billy Donovan jump to the NBA? Reports, whether reliable or not, have linked Donovan to the openings in Orlando and Oklahoma City. If he does depart for the Association, it could certainly impact Williams’ already fluid recruitment. The Wolverines also seem to be a player for Williams’ services, but the Blue and Gold are also involved with 2015 five-star wing Jaylen Brown. Brown has shown no signs of making a decision, but if he selects Michigan, “The Inn” would be officially at capacity.
Finally, Williams already checked out Virginia last week, and the fact that the Richmond native scheduled an official visit to grounds so soon after is a great sign for the Cavaliers. Distance has been a factor for Williams in the past, and UVa is the closest school on Williams’ current list. The next few weeks should be extremely interesting on the Williams front.
On Friday, the Virginia coaching staff extended an offer to 2016 three-star guard/forward Sam Hauser. The Wisconsin native was expected to have a big offseason, but Hauser has already had a nice month, reeling in offers from both UVa and Iowa State. Hauser can flat out shoot the rock, and his six-foot-six frame makes him an intriguing prospect (remind you of anybody?).
Virginia has at least two scholarships to give for 2016, and one of those will go to a big… that much we know. What we have began to learn however is that the Cavaliers would love to add an offensively gifted wing to an already impressive class. In addition to Hauser, the Hoos are in the mix for athletic wings V.J. King, Markelle Fultz, and Joshua Langford. Any one of the aforementioned guys would be huge.
The AAU circuit is in full swing, and Virginia's class of 2016 showed well during a busy weekend on the hardwood.
Sharpshooter Kyle Guy played two games on Saturday, and rarely missed from beyond the arc. In game number one, Guy scored 25 points and recorded four takeaways in Indiana Elite's 74-70 win over Dream Vision. Guy and his team fell in the nightcap, but the junior guard stayed hot, scoring 22 points and pulling down seven rebounds.
Down in Louisville, Sacha Killeya-Jones tallied 22 points, five rebounds, four steals, and a block in Team Felton's 69-51 triumph over Philly Pride.
That will do it for today's Recruiting Roundup. See ya