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Virginia's mid-ACC report card: Forwards

Note: This accounts for performance only in the ACC season -- not the overall schedule.

Solomon Tat -- Incomplete -- Although Tat is a scholarship player, he has played a combined four minutes in ACC competition. Tat is a team captain and remains a jovial presence in the team's pregame introductions, but he has provided little to grade on the court.

Mike Scott -- B+ -- Scott brims with potential every time you watch him play, and his athleticism in the front court has kept the Cavaliers in certain games. The junior forward must become more consistent, though, to reach the level of production that he flirts with on occasions. But Scott has improved since last season, particularly while facing the basket, where he has added range to his jump shot and is a capable passer. He is also a threat to score in transition. Scott's rebounding average (6.5 per game) is misleading because Virginia's guards are expected to contribute to the rebounding totals. He must stay out of foul trouble and avoid dry spells, but Scott remains Virginia's No. 2 option behind Sylven Landesberg.

Will Sherrill -- B - -- Sherrill's contributions cannot be seen as much on the stat sheet as with what he provides to the lineup, and his grade receives a favorable bump because of his unexpected role. Sherrill was pressed into action upon the suspension and subsequent dismissal of Jamil Tucker. A walk-on, Sherrill has played 17.1 minutes per game and provides size to a team in desperate need. Coach Tony Bennett praises Sherrill's willingness to fulfill the little duties on the team, such as setting screens and finding loose balls. He needs to become a more consistent shooter (he's made 3 of 13 from beyond the three-point line) and adjust now that opponents include Sherrill in the game plan, but his ability to step into the undermanned front court has helped Virginia stay afloat this season.

Tristan Spurlock -- Incomplete -- Among the surprises in Bennett's first season is the absence of Spurlock, a heralded recruit who barely plays. Spurlock is not in the rotation and has logged just two ACC minutes. Spurlock must adjust to Bennett's defensive system before Bennett becomes comfortable playing the freshman. With eight games left in the regular season, it's unlikely that will happen.

By Zach Berman  |  February 11, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
 
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