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Francesco Badocchi officially joins Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers men’s basketball team

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Italian power forward adds raw athleticism in frontcourt

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Virginia vs North Carolina-Wilmington Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After landing a commitment from Francesco Badocchi just two weeks ago, the Virginia Cavaliers signed the Italian prospect (by way of Kansas) to a national letter of intent.

Virginia beat out Illinois for the fast-rising prospect, who was also drawing significant interest from the Kansas Jayhawks.

“We are pleased to add Francesco to our 2017 recruiting class,” head coach Tony Bennett said in a statement. “Francesco is a talented forward with good length and athleticism. He and his family value education, and I know Francesco’s excited about playing at UVA and competing in the ACC.”

Badocchi’s addition leaves two scholarships open for the upcoming season. That number grows to five in 2018-19.