Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will break down the storyline surrounding the NBPA Top 100 camp, and touch a little further on the big football recruiting week.
The 2015 NBPA Top Camp has come and gone. While many top recruits saw the camp as a platform to showcase their skills on a big stage, two 2016 prospects were given the rare opportunity to play in their future home. UVa commits Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy took the court at John Paul Jones Arena, and the 2016 duo turned heads all week. The two future Hoos played on the same team during the camp, and drew rave reviews for their effort on both sides of the court. From the way they shot the ball, to their command of the offense, it is clear that Guy and Jerome lived up to their rankings, and numerous analysts are already drooling over their future playing for head coach Tony Bennett.
Guy was selected to the camp's All-Star team for his tremendous offensive outing during the week.
Notes From the Weekend:
Blue Ridge standout Mamadi Diakite was a late addition to the camp's roster, but the big man performed well at the event in JPJ.
Diakite, along with fellow 2016 forward Edrice "Bam" Abeayo were the standout big men during Friday night's session. UVa reportedly extended an offer to Abeayo on Sunday, but it has not been confirmed.
Former Carlisle School standout Thon Maker was named the camp's MVP.
2017 point guard Matt Coleman was a member of the championship Cleveland Cavaliers squad.
Fellow 2017 point guard Alex Barcello of Tempe Arizona stuck around to visit grounds after the conclusion of the camp. Barcello is high on the Cavaliers, but it will be tough to pull him away from the Grand Canyon State.
Speaking of the class of 2017, the nation's number two prospect, Michael Porter Jr. seems to have had a great time in Charlottesville. On Sunday afternoon, his father, Michael Porter senior tweeted out a picture of himself and his son, while parsing UVa head coach Tony Bennett and the University's facilities. Virginia will be pushing hard for the younger Porter, as well as fellow 2017 blue chipper Trae Young. Porter and Young are AAU teammates, and have openly discussed playing together in college.
Over the weekend, Tony Bennett and company welcomed in Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu. The 7-2 center, who has three years of eligibility remaining, has officials to UVa, Nebraska, and Kansas under his belt.
According to CBS' Jon Rothstein, the former Friar is visiting Michigan State today.
Speaking of MSU, the Spartans reeled in a commitment form 2016 wing Joshua Langford on Monday. The Wahoos had been fading fast for the talented playmaker, so this is hardly a blow to the already outstanding 2016 class.
Football Nabs Four:
We will close this week's roundup by touching on the four football commits from last week. Between late Tuesday night and Thursday morning, the Wahoos picked up verbal pledges from cornerbacks Darius Bratton & Chris Moore, safety Jordan Mack, and WR/DB Deedrick Daniels.
We really like the size of UVa's newest defensive backs, particularly Mack, who's 6-3 frame resembles that of 2014 freshman All-American Quin Blanding. Mack's offer sheet included power five schools from all over the region, and is looked upon as one of the top safeties in the entire class of 2016.
We are also high on Bratton, who like 2015 William Fleming wide receiver Warren Craft flew under the radar, but could be the steal of the class. At 6-1, 170, Bratton is a physical cornerback and will mesh well with what defensive coordinator Jon Tenua wants out of a corner.
Speaking of football, head coach Mike London held his second one-day camp of the summer on Saturday afternoon. After a standout performance on the gridiron, the Wahoos extended an offer to LCA linebacker Matt Terrell. The 6-4, 225 pound 'backer led the Bulldogs in tackles last year, and claims offers from Elon, Liberty, and Richmond in addition to the Cavaliers.
That will do it for today's roundup! See ya!