ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 gives Virginia some late-spring love

ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 gives Virginia some late-spring love

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ESPN’s latest Way-Too-Early Top 25 pegs Virginia at #21, with the ‘Hoos one of three ACC teams in the rankings, which were offered by staff writer Jeff Borzello.

“The highest-ranked team on our list that didn’t make the NCAA tournament last season, Virginia’s ranking reflects a combination of much-improved depth and versatility on the Cavaliers’ roster and the idea that back-to-back down years seem unlikely to happen to Tony Bennett,” Borzello wrote of the Cavaliers, who finished 21-14 this past season, and made it to the quarterfinals of the postseason NIT.

Virginia returns its five starters from 2021-2022, and adds scoring punch in Ohio grad transfer Ben Vander Plas.

Bennett also brings in maybe his second-best prep recruiting class ever, headlined by a pair of Isaacs – 6’4” guard Isaac McKneely and 6’10” forward Isacc Traudt.

North Carolina was ranked #1 by Borzello, and Duke was at #9.

Story by Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page,