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Men's Basketball Notes

You will find this story on Tony Bennett’s first recruiting class in Thursday’s Washington Post. Although the story focused on recruiting, there are some leftovers about Bennett’s first summer with the Cavaliers saved for Cavaliers Journal…

- Bennett ingratiated himself with his new team with events such as a softball game between newcomers to the program and returning players. The returning players beat the freshmen and coaches, and their photo will hang in Virginia’s locker room until the same game next season.

- The Cavaliers have been conducting individual workouts in the time allowed by the NCAA. Most of the offseason trailing has been spent with strength and conditioning coach Mike Curtis, a U-Va. alum who has experience as an NBA strength and conditioning coach. He’s brought “cutting-edge stuff,” Bennett said.

- Bennett said he needed to be “cautious” in judging how the team has picked up his system because full practices have not yet started. He has tried to install as much of the system as possible, but admitted much will come once there's enough time to practice five-on-five.

- The Cavaliers should enter preseason practices healthy. Senior guard Calvin Baker had his knee scoped, which was the only health issue during the offseason.

- Bennett said he inherited most of the schedule from the previous staff. He’s excited for a Thanksgiving-week tournament in Cancun, Mexico, that includes a matchup with Stanford and a possible game against Kentucky. Bennett thinks Penn State will be tough this year; the Cavaliers host the Nittany Lions on Nov. 30 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

- Bennett likes to have his assistant coaches moving around to coach different positions, but assistants Jason Williford and Ron Sanchez will focus more on the big men.

By Zach Berman  |  September 30, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
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It will be pretty cool to see Williford back on the sideline. Tony won a lot of points with the fans with that hire.

Posted by: MTrogdon | September 30, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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