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COMMITMENT: Virginia Basketball nabs 2018 center Francisco Caffaro

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Argentinian big man headed to Charlottesville this summer.

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Coach Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers got a big commitment from Francisco Caffaro on Tuesday night, adding some size to the incoming 2018 class.

Hailing from Argentina, Caffaro will join 6-6 wing Kody Stattmann and 5-9 point guard Kihei Clark in Charlottesville this fall. The Cavaliers will have a very international feel to them this fall as they now have a roster that boasts Caffaro (Argentina), Stattmann (Australia), Mamadi Diakite (Guinea), Francesco Baddochi (Italy), and Jack Salt (New Zealand).

Caffaro, along with Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua of Cameroon, is in the first class of graduates from the NBA Global Academy. The NBA Global Academy works in concert with Basketball Australia to “...serve as the NBA’s global hub for top international male and female prospects from around the world.” The Academy only hosts up to 12 athletes each year, and they play for NBA trained coaches. Caffaro played in Australia, but there are NBA Global Academy locations in China (three places), New Delhi (India), Mexico City (Mexico), and Thies (Senegal).

According to a release from ESPN, “the academies attempt to provide teenagers with NBA-level coaching, facilities and competition, while also stressing educational development. The NBA is attempting to improve the basketball infrastructure in places where elite-level prospects may slip between the cracks, improving the league’s opportunity to expand its reach with marquee international talent.”

At 7-0, Caffaro is a, “physical and energetic big man with a strong frame” and fills a position that the Hoos need some depth in going forward. Salt and Diakite return a lot of minutes for the Cavaliers, and Coach Bennett will have Jay Huff and Badocchi fresh off of a red shirt. Caffaro is listed at just 216 pounds, so he may be a prime candidate for a redshirt season himself.

He also will bring some international playing experience with him to Charlottesville as he participated in various FIBA World Championship events since 2015.

Other offers for Caffaro include ACC foes Georgia Tech and Pitt, as well as SMU, St. Mary’s (CA), Oregon, and Nebraska.

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