The Virginia Basketball season gets underway Wednesday (September 25) as practice starts, but Head Coach Tony Bennett hasn’t slowed down since the Cavaliers won the National Championship back in April.
Bennett offered 2020 power forward Jaemyn Brakefield on Tuesday evening, according to Brakefield’s personal Twitter:
Blessed to receive a offer from the University of Virginia! pic.twitter.com/hp7INbc0Xo— Jaemyn Brakefield (@Jaemyn1) September 24, 2019
The 6’9, 215 pound forward is rated a 4-star recruit by Rivals and attends Huntington Prep in Huntington, West Virginia. He has offers from Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss, Kansas, Michigan, UCLA, Michigan State, West Virginia, and more. Brakefield has an official visit scheduled with Louisville this coming weekend, and officials scheduled with Michigan and Ole Miss in October. He visited Auburn earlier this month.
Per ESPN, Brakefield is the No. 23 overall recruit and a 5-star. If Brakefield joined the Cavaliers, he would be part of a red-hot 2020 class that includes ESPN100 No. 31 Jabri Abdur-Rahim, No. 41 Reece Beekman, and Carson McCorkle. Marquette transfer Sam Hauser will also be eligible with the 2020 class.
Brakefield’s game features outside shooting, a tough game in the post, and, of course, defense. Check out some highlights:
He is the 15th highest recruit in the 2020 class that hasn’t yet committed, and the Hoos will have a bit of an uphill battle as Brakefield has already had two officials and has two more scheduled. Bennett got in to this one late, but Brakefield is a player to keep an eye on.
Here’s the current scholarship breakdown for the Cavaliers:
Virginia Basketball Scholarships
|Mamadi Diakite||Jabri Abdur-Rahim||Jabri Abdur-Rahim||Jabri Abdur-Rahim||Jabri Abdur-Rahim|
|Braxton Key||Reece Beekman||Reece Beekman||Reece Beekman||Reece Beekman|
|Jay Huff||Jay Huff||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|Tomas Woldetensae||Tomas Woldentensae||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|(Sam Hauser)||Sam Hauser||OPEN||OPEN||OPEN|
|Kody Stattmann||Kody Stattmann||Kody Stattmann||OPEN||OPEN|
|Kihei Clark||Kihei Clark||Kihei Clark||OPEN||OPEN|
|Francisco Caffaro||Francisco Caffaro||Francisco Caffaro||Francisco Caffaro||OPEN|
|Casey Morsell||Casey Morsell||Casey Morsell||Casey Morsell||OPEN|
|Kadin Shedrick||Kadin Shedrick||Kadin Shedrick||Kadin Shedrick||OPEN|
|Justin McKoy||Justin McKoy||Justin McKoy||Justin McKoy||OPEN|
|OPEN||Carson McCorkle||Carson McCorkle||Carson McCorkle||Carson McCorkle|
You can see the 2019-20 Hoos in action on October 12 in the Pepsi Blue-White Scrimmage. The event will tip at 3pm with the women’s game, followed by the men’s scrimmage and Meet the Team Day.