- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

Virginia

Last season: 29-8, lost in the regional finals of NCAA Tournament.

Nickname: Cavaliers.

Coach: Tony Bennett.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Who’s gone: G Malcolm Brogdon, F Anthony Gill, C Mike Tobey, G Evan Nolte.

Who’s back: G London Perrantes. Senior point guard and floor leader is the top returning scorer (11.0 ppg) and passer (153 assists); F Isaiah Wilkins. Junior is one of Virginia’s top defenders and top returning rebounder (4.1).

Who’s new: F Austin Nichols. Transfer from Memphis will be looked to for scoring down low and shot-blocking; Kyle Guy (23.5 ppg), Ty Jerome (24.7), De’Andre Hunter (23.5) and Jay Huff (16.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg). The incoming freshmen all could score in high school, but need to learn the Pack-Line defense.

The Skinny: The Cavaliers are younger than they have been in some time, but Bennett’s system is attracting better recruits who could help make up for the youth. Nichols’ ability to contribute handsomely at both ends of the floor after a year watching will be critical, especially in the early part of the season.


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