UVA Baskeball: Bennett tips hand on Kadin Shedrick?

Kadin ShedrickThe assumption has been that incoming UVA four-star power forward Kadin Shedrick has been pegged for a redshirt year in 2019-2020.

That sure seems to be the case, to hear Virginia coach Tony Bennett talk about Shedrick.

Bennett talked about a “long-range plan” in relation to Shedrick in a recent interview with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.

“Kadin was a late bloomer. I remember the first time I watched him play. He did not have a good game. I saw his activity and potential. He throws his body around and blocks shots with mobility. He has a soft touch around the basket. As his body fills out, he has big upside on both ends of the floor,” Bennett said.

Shedrick, at 6’11’, 200 pounds coming out of high school, could certainly benefit physically from a redshirt year, akin to the redshirt year that rising redshirt junior Jay Huff had in his first year on Grounds, in which he gained 40 pounds to improve his durability in the post.

Bennett told Biancardi that he has had a conversation with Shedrick’s family, and that “they get it.”

“They were humble about his game and understood the long-range plan. Sometimes with bigger guys that are newer to the game, it’s more of a process,” Bennett said.

Assuming Shedrick were to redshirt, that would still leave Bennett with a frontcourt of Huff, Mamadi Diakite, a 6’9” power forward who returned to UVA for his redshirt senior season after briefly testing the NBA Draft waters this spring, and 7’1” redshirt freshman Francisco Caffaro.

All were four-star prep recruits who redshirted their first-years on Grounds.

Story by Chris Graham



augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.