newsespns 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 has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].