A couple weeks back, we discussed Tony Bennett's options for filling UVA's final open scholarship. Even before Ukranian prodigy Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk announced his intentions to attend Kansas, Wahoo fans were assured they'd never need to spell "Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk" again. Virginia's pickup of transfer Darius Thompson means that Virginia's roster is set at 13 scholarships, the maximum allotted by the NCAA.
With the acquisition, Coach Bennett showed his intention to be aggressive and proactive in filling out his team's roster; he had the opportunity to grab someone he liked (and originally recruited out of high school), and went for it. Considering his recent tendency for late-season pickups, in the transfer market or otherwise, it's clear Bennett does not enjoy being short-handed, and probably had no intention of "pocketing" the scholarship if he could help it.
After playing his freshman season at Tennessee, Thompson will sit out a year, then join Virginia in 2015-2016 as a redshirt sophomore. Here's a full look at UVA's roster
|First-Year (6)||Second-Year (1)||Third-Year (5)||Fourth-Year (1)|
|Devon Hall (R)||London Perrantes||Malcolm Brogdon (R)||Darion Atkins|
|BJ Stith||Anthony Gill (R)|
|Isaiah Wilkins||Justin Anderson|
|Marial Shayok||Mike Tobey|
|Jack Salt||Evan Nolte|
|Darius Thompson (R)*|