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Posted On: 10/15/18 5:00 PM
Fifteen players from Virginia have already committed to play division one basketball, with many more expected to follow in the upcoming weeks and months. Here is a breakdown of how the five most recent commits could fit in at the next level.
As Robbie Beran‘s recruitment winded down, he began to hear from schools like Kansas and Florida, but ultimately chose Northwestern. At a school known for strong academics, Head Coach Chris Collins is doing an excellent job recruiting, and seems to have a role in mind for each player he targets. Expect Beran to fill a variety of jobs for the wildcats on both ends of the floor. This will include scoring, playmaking, rebounding, defending ball-screens, and protecting the rim.
At 6-foot-5, Michael Christmas has the size to play inside, but the skill set and touch to step out and create mismatches. Under Lou Rowe at JMU, Christmas will have the freedom to choose his method of attack while also competing on the boards.
Buzz Williams has had his eye on Anthony Harris for some time now, and he got the perfect man to build his recruiting class around. At 6-foot-4, Harris can play on and off the ball, and impacts the game with hellacious defense, efficient scoring, and reliable playmaking abilities. Look for Williams to throw Harris into the fire right away and see what he can do.
6-foot-2 point guard Xavier Johnson has a lot more size than the current point guard at George Mason, but does not lack quickness or paint getting ability. Johnson, a creative and crafty playmaking floor general who can make shots consistently from the perimeter, has the potential to be a lockdown defender at the A10 level with his quick hands, and the versatility to defend both guard positions.
With a bit more size than Christmas at 6-foot-7, Julien Wooden brings the same type of versatility with a different set of physical attributes. Wooden is an athletic forward with a slender frame and broad shoulders. Within a year of going through a college-level strength and conditioning program has the chance to develop into an absolute beast.