Cavalier Corner

April 2016

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Another reason for fans to get excited: Virgin- ia's incoming recruiting class. The four-member group, which consists of Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Jay Huff and DeAndre Hunter, could be Virginia's most highly regarded since former coach Pete Gillen landed Majestic Mapp, Travis Watson and Roger Mason Jr. in 2000. Guy, who is ranked as the No. 44 player in the nation by Rivals, is Virginia's first McDonald's All- American since Sylven Landesberg in 2009. The 6-2 Indiana native is considered one of the best shooters in the country and has impressive lead- ing ability. Early in his high school career, Guy was known as just a shooter. "I was determined to work my butt off until people would respect the rest of my game, and I think I did that this summer," Guy told The Daily Progress in November. "I'm sure there's still people who don't know me that well that think I'm still just a shooter, but when I get to Virginia they'll see." Jerome was the first of the quartet to verbally commit to UVA, doing so last September at the start of his junior year. The 6-5, 180-pounder from New Rochelle, N.Y., Rivals' No. 50 prospect in the senior class, has played mostly point guard, but is being viewed as a combo guard by Bennett. Huff, a 6-11 native of Durham, N.C., grew up a Duke fan. His calling card is his shooting, with some recruiting analysts comparing his style of play to former Wisconsin big man Frank Kamin- sky's. "I get the comparison quite a bit," Huff said. "In some ways I would agree with it, but I feel my game is also a lot different than this." Hunter, a 6-7, 190-pound small forward from Philadelphia who is rated as the No. 66 player in the country by Rivals, rounds out the class. Hunter said Bennett likes the fact he's a versatile wing who can do a little bit of everything. "He said that I could be like a Justin Ander- son," said Hunter, referring to the former Virginia player, "because of my size, versatility, ability to get to the basket and play defense. "He said if I continue to get better and better, I could be like him." In addition to the incoming freshmen, Virginia will also unleash high-flying forward Mamadi Diakite, a product of the nearby Blue Ridge School who redshirted this past season. Diakite was listed as the nation's No. 34 player by Rivals before reclassifying and heading to college a year earlier then planned. No doubt, Perrantes — in addition to looking to score more — will play a large role in helping meld all the new pieces together. — Whitelaw Reid Perrantes, who averaged 11.0 points per game this past season will be the focal point for another talented UVA team in 2016-17. PHOTOS BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA

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