UVA Basketball: Defending champs debut at #11 in AP preseason poll
The champs lost four key contributors from the title team – NBA draft picks De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, a redshirt senior Jack Salt.
For most programs, losing that much would mean a rebuild, but coach Tony Bennett has preseason All-ACC first-teamer Mamadi Diakite, 7’1″ center Jay Huff, expected to play a much bigger role, along with Braxton Key and Kihei Clark, both of whom started for big chunks of the championship season.
UVA also adds JUCO All-American Tomas Woldetensae and four-star guard recruit Casey Morsell.
Three other ACC programs were ranked in the Top 10 – Duke at 4, Louisville at 5 and UNC at 9.
Story by Chris Graham