Virginia still looking for prospects for 2010-11
Virginia Coach Tony Bennett has not ruled out filling at least one of the two scholarships available for 2010-11, even though it's late in the recruiting process. Virginia continues to look into transfers, although the Cavaliers lost in their pursuit of former Iowa State center Justin Hamilton, who is going to Louisiana State.
The Cavaliers' coaching staff continues to consider options with high school players and transfers. A high school senior is a tricky route this late in the year. Virginia is not among the favorites for some of the top unsigned players, and under-the-radar players at this stage of the recruiting process can sometimes haunt both the player and the program if it's not the right match. Bennett has emphasized that he will not fill the scholarships to fill them, and has no issue holding at least one -- and possibly both -- for the 2011 recruiting class.
If Virginia does sign a high school player, don't be surprised if it's someone previously committed/signed to a school that has undergone a coaching change. At this point in the process, some of the best available talent can be found that way.
"You never know what kids are getting out of a letter of intent, who's going to stay or go, who left for a job," Bennett said. "All that stuff comes into player. You keep your eyes open. But there's no harm in a big class in  or ."
When asked if he'd consider a junior college player, Bennett said he has recruited junior college players in the past, but it must be someone who can "step in and play a good amount of minutes" because they won't be part of the program for a long time. Bennett said he'd ideally want to build the program with players who stay four or five seasons.
Bennett also has connections in both Australia and Europe. When asked about the option of adding an international player, Bennett said he is also searching, but part of the appeal of coming to U-Va. was the access to talent within the area. This is compared to Bennett's former job at Washington State, where the remote location often forced Bennett to become creative with recruiting. He added that it's easier to get to Australia from the West Coast, although he pointed out that some ACC schools have added Australian players in the past.
So the recruiting search continues, but Bennett remained unsure whether he was going to sign a player or carry the scholarships into future classes.
"It’s going to be something that makes sense," Bennett said. "To fill it up to fill them can hurt you. ...You still need someone who addresses your need. We're open to both options."
April 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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