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Virginia Basketball lands 2017 power forward Francesco Badocchi

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Hoos beat out Illinois to pick up much needed personnel in the front court.

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In a late announcement Sunday night, 2017 power forward Francesco Badocchi declared via Twitter that he would become a Wahoo.

The commitment was a bit of a surprise as many thought Badocchi was leaning towards Illinois.

Badocchi, who is 6-8, 205 pounds, is from Milan originally, but has been playing the last two years at Bishop Miege in Roeland Park, Kansas. He was a big part of Bishop Miege winning back to back 4A-1 state championships, and the Hoos beat out Illinois and Wichita State to land Badocchi. Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Florida Gulf Coast all showed interested, but weren’t really in contention down the stretch.

Francesco, or “Frankie”, possesses incredible athleticism, and has the ability to get to the rim and can create contact and draw fouls (yay!). Italhoop says he will need to develop his upper body strength, but luckily Mike Curtis is more than a little bit ready to help with that.

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All in all, a solid pickup for the Hoos in a position that they really needed help with. Stay tuned for more as we learn more about Frankie. Now we just need to pick a good nickname.