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June 2012

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Beach Ball Classic [in Myrtle Beach, S.C.] right after Christmas. He outplayed [Stan- ford signee and Las Vegas Bishop Gor- man's] Rosco Allen all over the court head to head in their matchup." Nolte picked Virginia over Georgia on April 1, 2011, and also earned offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. "He can do a lot of things and do them well. He can shoot it, too," Oettinger said. "The game I saw, he hit five three-pointers. NOTES FROM THE RECRUITING TRAIL • After a quiet start to the 2013 recruiting I think he's a three and four, especially if he gets stronger and they need him in a pinch. He is skilled enough that you want him at the three on offense." The 6-8, 200-pound Nolte averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game and was named the Georgia AAAAA Player of the Year. "Nolte is a very skilled player who can shoot the ball," Konchalski said. "He can be a step-out four." Point guard Teven Jones of Concord, cycle, football coach Mike London and his staff picked up six commitments from mid-March through end of April. Three-star quarterback Brendan Marshall of Olney (Md.) Good Coun- sel was the first to pledge for UVa March 14, followed by three-star offensive lineman Sadiq Olanrewaju of Salisbury (Conn.) School March 20. Marshall's teammate at Good Coun- sel, three-star wide receiver Andre Levrone, joined the class April 11. The Cavaliers then reeled in their highest- N.C., inked with Virginia during the No- vember signing period and elected to enroll at the mid-year point in time for the start of the ACC schedule. Bennett was able to redshirt Jones, and he has four years of eli- gibility remaining. Jones was a sleeper coming out of Concord ranked recruit to date, landing Richmond (Va.) Varina standout Tim Harris April 14. rates Harris as a four-star prospect, the No. 10 cornerback nationally and the No. 161 overall player in the class of 2013. UVa then added commitments from unrated wide receiver Zack Jones of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith April 26 and Baltimore Gilman School defender Micah Kiser — a three-star recruit and the No. 19 in- side linebacker in the country according to Ri- — April 30. • The Cavaliers' biggest pickup this year, how- ever, won't count in the recruiting rankings. On May 2, the school announced that former in-state standout Phillip Sims was transferring from defending national champion Alabama. Sims starred for Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith, finishing his prep career as the state's leader in passing yards (10,725) and touchdown passes (119). Sims was a four-year starter and led Oscar (N.C.) A.L. Brown High, where he averaged 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game his senior year. He elected for a post- graduate year at nearby Waynesboro (Va.) Fishburne Military Academy to raise his re- cruiting interest. Virginia spotted him during a late-July traveling team tournament and closed the deal before the 6-1, 175-pounder potentially blew up at Fishburne. "Jones is a good enough player to make a contribution," Oettinger said. "You have to have guys that are good enough to fill in off the bench. That is the category that I think he'll be in." Barnette was the last member of the Cavaliers recruiting class. The 6-3 Barnette from Nicholasville, Ky., originally signed with Central Florida. He elected out of his letter of intent with the Golden Knights and picked Virginia over Miami (Ohio), Dayton, Samford and Kentucky. Barnette, who at- Mike Tobey is considered to be a four-star player, the country's No. 18 center and the No. 76 overall prospect nationally by PHOTO BY JACEY ZEMBAL tended Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy, is the younger brother of Virginia women's basketball player Sarah Beth Barnette. Known as a shooter, Barnette averaged 19.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in 15 games during an injury-riddled senior year at Lexington Christian Acad- emy. He shot 46.5 percent from the field (101 of 217) and 36.1 from the three-point stripe (35 of 97). Gill might not count for the recruiting rankings, but the 6-8, 232-pound power for- ward is a welcome addition to the program. He will practice with the team next year and then be eligible to play for the 2013-14 season. Gill, who has three years of eligibil- ity remaining, gives UVa a leg up in starting its class of 2013. ranked Gill No. 144 in the country in the class of 2011. "He gives them another good player up front," Oettinger said. "He provides some beef that is needed at 235 pounds." Gill averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds first-year backup with the Crimson Tide in 2011, and completed 18 of 28 passes for 163 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith to a 48-4 record, and teamed up with cur- rent Cavaliers Perry Jones, a running back, and Tim Smith, a wide receiver, to win the 2008 Vir- ginia Group AAA Division 6 state championship. Coming out of high school in 2010, Sims was tabbed as a Parade and EA Sports All-American, was listed as a five-star recruit by and a four-star prospect by and ESPNU, and was ranked as the nation's No. 1 quarter- back by both ESPNU and SuperPrep. Sims appeared in eight games as a redshirt lists Evan Nolte as a four-star recruit, the No. 18 small forward in the country and the No. 91 overall player in the class of 2012. PHOTO BY ANDREW SHURTLEFF in 25.3 minutes per game for the 10-21 Gamecocks. Gill reached double figures in 10 games, including scoring 14 apiece against Western Carolina and Southeastern Louisiana. The former Charlotte (N.C.) Christian standout had 10 points and seven rebounds in the Gamecocks' first meeting at eventual national champion Kentucky, and added 10 points and three boards in the second contest versus the Wildcats. Gill also added 10 points against both Ohio State and North Carolina during non-conference action. South Carolina fired head coach Dar- rin Horn and hired former Kansas State head coach Frank Martin, but Gill elected to transfer. He picked Virginia over Ohio State and North Carolina. ◆ JUNE 2012 ◆ 27

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