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Virginia in the mix for Kenny Williams, former VCU signee

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Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers have reached out to Kenny Williams, a local 6' 3" guard from Chesterfield, VA, per a report from Scout.com.

A confluence of post-NCAA Tournament events has led to Virginia's recruitment of Williams. After committing to the VCU Rams, Williams re-opened his recruitment when Shaka Smart moved on to Texas.  And, after the transfer of BJ Stith to ODU and Justin Anderson's decision to declare for the NBA Draft, Virginia suddenly had two open scholarships for 2016.

Virginia is a late player in William's recruitment. When he committed to VCU last summer, he chose the Rams over UNC, while also considering Georgetown, Indiana, and VT among other schools.  With just one open scholarship and looking for a big man, UVA signed Jarred Reuter and never factored in.  The time around, UVA is jumping in with UNC, G'town, and Michigan.

Virginia is entering the recruitment with a disadvantage, as Williams will have already established closer relationships with rival coaching staffs, especially UNC's.  But Williams did tell SI that "The fact that my family would be down the street was the deciding factor" in his decision to commit to VCU.

Kenny Williams can shoot.  Really well. Landing him, and having him able into that role next season would be huge for UVA, who will badly need some shooters to step up without Anderson.  Here are some highlights: