Following first July open period a pair of guards pick up UVa offers

Brad Franklin, Publisher
Cavs Corner

July is a busy time for basketball recruits across the nation, as the rising seniors finish up their AAU careers and move from the "early" part of their recruitments into the time when many will get more serious about setting up visits and making decisions prior to the fall.

Head coach Tony Bennett and his assistants from UVa are looking for several key pieces in the class of 2018 and, while still searching for their first commitment of the cycle, are looking to continue to evaluate and expand their boards.

Following the action this weekend, the Cavaliers have tossed our a pair of offers to guards with more likely on the way.

Here's a quick breakdown of the two recent offers:


Point guard

4 STARS

Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 160.0

Class: 2018

-

POSITION

NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Northern Iowa

The first of those offers went out to four-star point guard AJ Green. The 6-foot-3 guard, who also impressed during his stint at UVa several weeks ago for NBPA Top 100 Camp, had another good showing this past weekend on the adidas circuit. He is the son of Kyle Green, an assistant coach at Northern Iowa who not only serves as its recruiting coordinator but who has been as assistant coach on three occasions.

Thus far, many expect Green to land with the Panthers due to the familial connection but to date, his offer list has expanded to include not just UVa but also the likes of Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska in addition to UNI.

Given how well he's played this spring/summer, it's fair to expect that list to grow.


Shooting guard

4 STARS


Mouth of Wilson

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 170.0

Class: 2018

-

POSITION

NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided




The other recent Virginia offer went out to another Rivals150 four-star guard, this time Will Richardson. The Georgia native has had a huge spring, as evidenced by his climb up to No. 78 nationally.

After putting up a very productive spring/summer in the EYBL, Richardson leaves the first live period of the month with a new offer from the Cavaliers to join a list that includes Arizona State, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, VCU, and Xavier, among others.

Like Green, Richardson has played well enough to expect several other high-major programs to come calling soon.


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