Recruits Help UVa End An Era

The Virginia Cavaliers ended an era Sunday night. Dave Leitao and Co. played the final game in University Hall, a loss to Maryland. However, the game was the perfect backdrop to host a series of key recruits.

Sunday night's loss to Maryland was the final regular season game played at University Hall in Charlottesville, Va. The Cavaliers concluded the season a surprising 7-9 in league play.

Next season, the Cavaliers will open the new John Paul Jones Arena which is located in the same area as University Hall. Numerous former Virginia standouts including Ralph Sampson and Terry Holland were on hand to celebrate "U Hall" and help with the transition to new arena. The event provided an outstanding opportunity to entertain recruits and UVa capitalized by having a number of key targets in the building.

Tyreke Evans ( No. 1, 2008) was the headliner of a strong contingent. The Philly shooting guard is a key target in the current sophomore class. Teammate Nasir Robinson, also a sophomore, joined Evans.

Ed Davis, a sophomore power forward out of Hanover High near Richmond, was also in the building. Davis has been scouted by the UVa staff numerous times and is expected to be a strong name to emerge on the spring circuit in two months.

Julian Vaughn, a national top 20 junior, made the short trip to Charlottesville. So did Patrick Patterson, the top prospect in West Virginia's 2007 class. Eric Wallace, a standout small forward from North Carolina who has a scholarship offer from the Cavaliers was on hand.

Idris Hilliard, a cerebral small forward from the Garden State made the trip. He was joined by former Boo Williams standout and current Massanutten Military Academy wing Darrion Pellum. Noah States, a shooter from the Roanoke also capitalized on the chance to be at the ceremony.

Former all-american Ralph Sampson was in attendance for the closing ceremonies. Coach Dave Leitao would like nothing more than some of these youngsters to assist with the creation of a new tradition at John Paul Jones Arena which opens next fall.

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