Top recruits talk UVA at NBAPA Top 100 Camp

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For most of his life, Henry Coleman has made the trip up I-64 with family, but this past week he was at John Paul Jones Arena again for the NBAPA Top 100 Camp.

"I've come up here since I was little, I'm a big fan," Coleman said, who's mom is a Virginia alum and his father is a Virginia Tech alum, "Dad, his rival school, so it's a lot of fun."

The four-star forward from Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond was one of more than a hundred of the nation's top recruits in town this past week. Coleman is rated as a top-50 recruit according to 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN as well as one of the state's top recruits for the Class of 2020.

While the 6-7 forward stands out on the court, Coleman says the Virginia coaching staff loves more than just his game.

"They just really like me off the court, [Tony Bennett] says that he knows I can play basketball, but he just really likes me off the court, the character that I can bring to the team and that I can bring to this program," Coleman said.

Coleman said this week that he hopes to cut his list down to seven schools by the end of July and to announce his commitment by the fall. But the interest from Bennett himself has impressed Coleman during this process.

"Coach Bennett is an unbelievable person, people have liked him all across the world, so it just means a lot coming from him," Coleman said.

After the commitment of 2020 four-star point guard Reece Beekman on Thursday, the Virginia recruiting class is up to two along with North Carolina guard Carson McCorkle. Currently, the Cavaliers hold one remaining scholarship for the 2020-21 season.

When talking to reporters after his commitment, Beekman said he is already trying to recruit four-star wing Keon Johnson out of Tennessee. The two played with each other at Top 100 this week and took their official visit to Virginia together.

On that official visit, Johnson said Bennett made a strong impression on him during a film session.

"Coach Bennett, he was very straight-froward with me from the front," Johnson said, "On my official visit we studied film together and he didn't just only point out my strong-side, he also showed me my weaknesses and showed me where I could improve."

The 6-5 wing is also rated as a top-50 recruit by 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN. Johnson previously cut his list down to Ohio state, Tennessee and Virginia with an announcement expected on August 6th.


After a strong season, Johnson says he is looking to build off of last season over the summer.

"I'm just trying to keep a steady grind, steady form, really just want to improve my consistency on the court," Johnson said.



 
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