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JUCO First-Team All-American Guard Tomas Woldetensae commits to Virginia Basketball

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Virginia gets some help in the backcourt from Italian sharpshooter.

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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.

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: