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A few quick hits from Virginia men's basketball practice

Virginia freshman forward James Johnson has been out recently with a sprained right ankle. He was at practice Friday, but was only able to ride a stationary bike and run in straight lines. Coach Tony Bennett said he is hopeful Johnson will be able to fully participate in team workouts at some point early next week ...

The Cavaliers will travel to Milwaukee next weekend to participate in a closed scrimmage Oct. 30 with the Marquette men's basketball team at the Al McGuire Center on the school's campus ...

Ball security was a point of emphasis. Early on in the workout, players took turns swinging 8-10 pound medicine balls side-to-side while slightly crouched in a stance. Near the end of practice, Bennett implored the players to always be mindful of the "sureness" with which they held the ball ...

One of the areas in which junior center Assane Sene struggled last season was catching passes in the low post. Coaches have worked with Sene to improve his ability in that regard, and that work continued after practice Friday. Assistant Ron Sanchez and Sene played catch with a football from about 10 yards apart. Sene was asked to catch some of the passes with one hand, others with both hands and some jumping up high or out to the side. Sene caught most of the passes, though his return throws drew some good-natured snickering from other members of the coaching staff.

By Steve Yanda  | October 22, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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