According to multiple outlets, Virginia Cavaliers basketball has received a commitment from 2019 shooting guard Tomas Woldentensae out of Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. His junior college coach Hank Plona told several outlets that Woldentensae, originally from Italy, made his decision Wednesday morning.
2019 class Italian SG Tomas Woldetensae ('98) from Indian Hills CC has committed to Virginia, per sources.— Eurohopes (@Eurohopes) May 8, 2019
Woldetensae is the highest ranked European junior college prospect and one of the highest ranked among available players
Virginia has landed a commitment from Indian Hills CC 6-foot-5 versatile guard Tomas Woldetensae, his coach Hank Plona told @Stadium. Woldetensae, who hails from Italy, is believed to be the first JUCO player Tony Bennett has taken at Virginia.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 8, 2019
Virginia hosted the NJCAA first-team All-American sharpshooter this past weekend on an official visit. Last year, Woldetensae averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, shooting 46.7% from the field and 47.6% from three.
At 6’5” and 195 pounds, Woldetensae could provide immediate help in the 2019-2020 season, plugging the hole left in the backcourt with the early departures of NBA-hopefuls Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and De’Andre Hunter. The Cavaliers could be losing forward Mamadi Diakite early as well.
Woldetensae would be joining a 2019 class that includes 4-star center Kadin Shedrick, 4-star shooting guard Casey Morsell, and 3-star small forward Justin McKoy.
After Woldetensae, Tony Bennett still has two more open scholarships. Virginia is one of the four finalists for Johnny Juzang, the 5-star wing who’s said to be deciding between Kentucky and Virginia. The Hoos are also in the hunt for brothers Sam Hauser and Joey Hauser, transfers out of Marquette who are reportedly visiting Virginia later this week.
Meanwhile, here are some Tomas Woldetensae highlights from 2018: