Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will break down the latest miss on the recruiting trail, and let you know about a hoops offer extended just last night.
Hauser to Marquette:
One week after taking an official visit to Charlottesville, 2016 forward Sam Hauser committed to Marquette last night. Hauser, who labeled his trip to the Hook a "9 out of 10" made the call for the Golden Eagles after wrapping up an official visit to Milwaukee.
While adding Hauser and his near-55 percent three-point shooting would have been a big boost to the class of 2016, it's hard to classify this one as a "big miss." Marquette is a home state school, and the Golden Eagles have been involved since last June. The Wahoos threw their hat in the race in April, and pulled off a small miracle getting him to visit shortly after. Good get for Marquette, but Virginia will be fine.
Last night was a big night for recruiting news. Shortly after missing out on Hauser, Rivals.com's Alex Kline reported that UVa extended an offer to 2016 forward Wenyen Gabriel (see video above). The 6-9 Gabriel is listed as a power forward, but could be slotted at the 3 at the next level, with his length and current build. Boston College is viewed as the current team to beat for Gabriel's services. The Massachusetts native claims offers from Providence, Maryland, and New Hampshire, in addition to the Wahoos and Eagles.
Coleman to Oak Hill:
While the class of 2016 is the main focus right now, 2017 point guard Matt Coleman has been the center of attention ever since he stepped on the court for his freshman year of high school. Last week, the blue chip point guard announced that he will transfer from Maury High School to Oak Hill Academy next year. Oak Hill has been quite the breeding ground for elite point guards, producing top floor generals, Rajon Rondo, Nolan Smith, Brandon Jennings, and Quinn Cook.
Virginia is in great position with the 2017 five-star, but the Hoos will have to fend off suitors from all over the place. New Texas head coach Shaka Smart made a connection with Coleman when the former was at VCU, and now has a Power 5 program to sell. In addition, North Carolina is viewed as one of, if not, the biggest threat to land Coleman. As seen several weeks ago, the allure of playing for the Tar Heels is not going away anytime soon.
Third Time's the Charm?
Former two-time UVa target Noah Dickerson was granted his release from the University of Florida this past week, and according to SNY TV insider Adam Zagoria, the Cavaliers are interested. While the Hoos may be interested, so are about a dozen other teams. Keep in mind that this is the second time that Dickerson has re-opened his recruitment. Prior to selecting the Gators, the big man committed to Georgetown, before backing out shortly after.
We decided to put this little nugget at the end because we're not exactly sure the degree that UVa will be pursuing the four-star forward. The two parties have built a good relationship over the years, but keep in mind that Dickerson chose two schools not named "Virginia" in the past. In addition, the Wahoos already have a big man coming in next year in Jarred Rueter, and Jack Salt will be coming off of a redshirt season. More on this one as it develops.
That will do it for today's edition of Recruiting Roundup! See ya!