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De’Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy make more preseason watch lists, Coach Bennett praises Kihei Clark

All men’s basketball ahead of their season opener

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Still clinging to the possibility of UVA football playing in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, we ran through the scenarios in which the Hoos could still go out on top of the Coastal division. We also showed you the team’s updated depth chart and analyzed men’s basketball’s non-conference slate, which starts today against Towson!

In his recent article on the top 100 names for the 2019 NBA Draft, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic profiled the list’s seventh ranked player, UVA guard De’Andre Hunter. In his work, Vecenie quoted Virginia’s associate head coach Jason Williford to help his audience better understand the person behind the athlete. On Hunter, Williford called the sophomore “naturally, [...] a quiet, shy kid,” but someone who continues to become “a little more vocal.”

Kihei Clark bringing energy to the Hoos (247 Sports)

Though he’s spent just a few months in Charlottesville, freshman point guard Kihei Clark has already made an impact at UVA. On the defensive side, UVA Head Coach Tony Bennett praised him for his on-ball presence, naming him a “pest” who “gets after the ball.” The freshman will look to use that ability to help carve himself out a role on the floor throughout the season.

Yesterday, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 50 players named to the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year watch list. Included in the group was UVA’s own Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter, both of whom will look to build upon their individual successes from last season.

TOTD:

Fantastic watch on junior guard Ty Jerome’s upbringing.