The Virginia men’s basketball team welcomes six new faces, including four new first years. One of those first years, Kadin Shedrick, joins a deep and talented front court that will be relied upon heavily by head coach Tony Bennett this season. A four-star center out of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Shedrick brings length and talent to the Cavaliers.
Shedrick is the No. 72 rated player in the 2019 class per ESPN and No. 63 per Rivals. Wisconsin, Florida, Georgetown, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest were some of the schools interested in Shedrick, but he committed to the Cavaliers back in August of 2018.
Until his junior year of high school, Shedrick split time with baseball before making basketball his full-time focus. He shot up the ranking boards before deciding to come to Charlottesville, joining Casey Morsell in what was expected to be a smaller recruiting class. Fellow first years Justin McKoy and Chase Coleman would eventually join the class as well.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Shedrick is a player that wants to improve, regardless of how much time or effort it takes. While it’s uncertain whether or not Shedrick will redshirt — there is depth in the front court this season with Mamadi Diakite, Jay Huff, and Francisco Caffaro — he’s willing to do that, according to a story from January. “They (UVA) develop players, because I’m not a finished product, I have a lot to work on,” Shedrick told the News and Observer. “I thought it was the best place for me to develop and get better. I’ll redshirt if I have to and that’s why I decided to go.”
He has length and understands spacing on the floor, with a high ceiling on both sides of the ball. Shedrick was named the South Wake Athletic Conference player of the year, averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. That’s...good.
Shedrick, like many big men entering college, needs to put on weight. He’s up about 14 pounds from where he was when he committed, but at 6-11, more time with strength coach Mike Curtis can only do good things.
Year: First Year
2017-18 PPG: N/A
2017-18 RPG: N/A