Lett-ing Go

Johnnie Lett was a guy most had pegged as headed to the SEC since he's a big, strong kid from Mobile. However, the 6-foot-8 1/2, 220-pound B.C. Rain (Ala.) senior is going to play in the ACC.

When Dave Leitaio and his staff got hired, they were looking for some bulk up front. The Virginia head coach got his wish when B.C. Rain (Ala.) post player Johnnie Lett committed on Saturday night.

``It was the overall atmosphere," said the 6-foot-8 ½, 220-pound Lett. "I really liked the coaching staff. They can really help me in a lot of different ways. I felt comfortable on my visit and I really wanted to play in the ACC."

Lett is a big-time rebounder who plays hard and can also block shots. There's no question he'll need to become more assertive on the offensive end, but he was exactly what the Cavaliers needed.

Credit Virginia assistant Steve Seymour for helping to land the Mobile native.

Lett, who started the AAU season with a small AAU outfit before finishing with the Smyrna Stars, also considered Alabama, Georgia, South Alabama and Miami.

Lett, who has a 2.9 GPA and averaged 16 points and 15 boards last season, took an official visit to Virginia a few weeks back and took a little time to talk it over with his mother before making it official on Saturday.

``I really think I can help the team," Lett said. "I feel that I can make an impact."

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