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Meet 2010 Basketball Recruit Will Regan

Note: During the next four days, you will find a mini-feature on Virginia’s four men’s basketball commitments. There will be a story combining all of them in Friday’s Washington Post.

Today: Will Regan
Wednesday: Joe Harris
Thursday: K.T. Harrell
Friday: James Johnson

Regan will forever be known as the first player to commit to play at Virginia for Tony Bennett, the Cavaliers' first-year men's basketball coach.

Regan, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from the Nichols School in Buffalo, was recruited by former coach Dave Leitao’s staff, but he said their interest started to fade. Bennett and assistant coach Jason Williford focused on Regan in the spring.

Regan’s excitement peaked after participating in June’s NBA Players Association Top 100 camp on the U-Va. campus, when he witnessed the daily life most players are not exposed to even on official visits.

“I was on campus for four days,” Regan said. “I was able to see myself making the commute from the dorms in the morning. There was nothing bad about it. It helped, but it wasn’t the reason why I committed.”

Regan said he committed because Virginia was a “good fit” overall, from the basketball court to the weight room to the classroom. Regan liked how Bennett described Virginia’s expected style of play – Regan had not seen many Washington State games – and was impressed with strength and conditioning coach Mike Curtis, a former Virginia captain who spent six seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies before moving on to Michigan last season and then Virginia.

Regan, a strong student at the Nichols School, was also drawn to Virginia’s business school, where he hopes to enroll. He said academics were a major priority in his decisions.

When Regan arrives for the 2010-11 season, Virginia will only return two post players. Regan excels with the “pick and pop” – a staple of Bennett’s offenses. He averaged 23.9 points per game on 60.5 percent shooting and became the seventh junior in Western New York history to win the area’s player of the year, joining former Duke star Christian Laettner (who also went to the Nichols School) and former Syracuse standout Jonny Flynn.

Virginia beat Providence, Arizona State, Maryland and Stanford for Regan. He started a summer that included four commitments to Bennett, although Regan will go down as the first.

“I didn’t even know that thing until after I committed,” Regan said. “It’s nothing I really worry about. After I gradate, with our recruiting class, maybe then.”

By Zach Berman  |  September 22, 2009; 11:17 AM ET
 | Tags: Men's Basketball  
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Hey Hey!!!

Great post Zach!!!

Posted by: colerwilson | September 22, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Awesome job, Zach. With the football season down the drain, I am looking forward to an exciting basketball season. We have a great coach now and his top notch recruiting class makes the basketball program desirable again. keep up the good work.

Posted by: plusdollars | September 22, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Bennett's recruiting success so far has been a pleasant surprise. Hopefully having Williford on his staff will help in recruiting locally as well.

Posted by: frenchyb | September 23, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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