On the same day that DeAndre Hunter and Ty Jerome announced their intentions to leave for the NBA next season, Tony Bennett and the Virginia Basketball team received word from a new face coming to grounds next year. 2019 small forward Justin McKoy, from Cary, North Carolina, announced his commitment on social media:
While McKoy is just a three star recruit in most rankings, major programs came calling after his breakout senior year (and subsequent de-commitment from Penn State). Local blueblood North Carolina offered a scholarship recently, so McKoy’s commitment is a minor surprise to those used to seeing UVa lose the South’s Oldest Recruiting Battle over the years (NC State had offered McKoy as well). However, McKoy was on grounds this weekend, so perhaps the National Championship celebration for the team had something to do with his decision!
Considering the fluidity in players testing the NBA draft waters (while fans should expect Ty and Dre to stay in the draft, other’s like Kyle and Mamadi might decide to test things out and return to school), as well as the potential for other attrition on the team, or even incoming transfer players, there are a lot of moving parts on the team’s roster. We probably won’t know the final answer on scholarship allocation and the number of open spots in the all-important 2020 recruiting class until well into the summer.