Author: xavier22901

  • Pre-Season Musings

    Well, everyone, the season is less than a month away, the Blue-White scrimmage is on our doorstep, and I’ve been plugged into the CTB interview circuit as well as a gamut of podcasts, polls, etc. That time has come to start focusing on the upcoming year – what we’re hearing, expectation setting, and what likely […]

  • Giddy For Gertrude

    Both excitement and relief seemed to surge through most of the fanbase on Wednesday as 6’3″ Elijah Gertrude, one of the fastest risers in the 2023 class (#36 overall on 247 Sports, #3 ranked SG), committed to wear the (hopefully) orange and blue. The relief came on the heels of the respective London Johnson and […]

  • Overreacting to Italy

    What a week! There were pictures of breathtaking scenery, architecture, and food. Hoos fans were living vicariously through the first-hand accounts abroad and, oh yeah, there was also basketball. In their first time playing against international competition, the team developed chemistry with some old and new faces, potentially experienced some over-confidence beating up on lesser […]

  • Fantasizing About Franklin (As A 2)

    That’s Armaan Franklin, previously having been 1-9 from the field, with his former team tied against Luka Garza’s #8 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Despite his previous shooting, the Hoosiers’ final play was to give him the ball, clear out, set a ball screen, and let him go to work. And go to work he did, threatening […]

  • Tracking a Transfer: Ben Vander Plas

    Over the weekend, 6’8″ Ohio PF Ben Vander Plas, who may already have spent plenty of time on grounds within the headspace of its student body (Sam Hauser, especially), announced he would be transferring to UVa for his Super Senior season. The writing seemed to be on the wall for this one given all of […]

  • Digesting a Non-Decision: London Johnson

    This one felt different, didn’t it? I’ve been digesting this for the past couple of days and thought I’d just jot a few thoughts. It was hard to parse all of the rumors and rumblings on Thursday. Allegedly, high 4-star PG London Johnson, Virginia’s top recruiting target in the class of 2023 and presumed lock […]

  • It Wasn’t Just “The Play”: Reminiscing Kihei

    I spent my last post making a case that it would only be beneficial for Kihei Clark to return if he was willing to take on a much more limited role as Reece Beekman’s backup. That was one side of the coin, but for the other, I thought it would also be fun to revisit […]

  • Making Sense of The Kihei Decision

    Today I’m going to try to tackle one of the most, if not the most, polarizing topics in the post championship era of UVa hoops; Kihei Clark, his role on the team, and his potential return to the program for a 5th year. This is easily the biggest unknown of the entire offseason and will […]

  • Making Sense of the Virginia Bench (2021-2022)

    This may have been a nod, and certainly was informative, to the ongoing discussion throughout the year about why these three players were not seeing much playing time and, eventually, were mostly phased out of the rotation altogether. Specifically, there has been much hand wringing, from myself included, about none of them cracking the line […]