Considering the lack of time that the staff had compared to opposing programs the Virginia staff has done a truly outstanding job in recruiting three players that will definitely contribute to the program early. In his past stops coach Leitao has utilized athletic-high energy types instead of traditional "sized" players like some coaches prefer.
Versatility might be the best word to describe this class as SF Jamil Tucker and SG Solomon Tat are likely to be capable of playing three positions on the college level. Both of these youngsters posess off the charts athleticism and excellent perimeter games.
The final commit, PF Johnnie Lett, brings the strong and rugged high energy type of player that tends to succeed on high levels under Leitao. Lett is also an outstanding athlete and should blossom under the new staff. His top two traits (rebounding and defense) made him a high priority to the staff with Leitao's insistence that his basketball teams emphasize both of those areas.
PF Johnnie Lett
6'8 215 pounds
Ben C. Rain HS (Mobile, AL)
Lett brings the muscle on the boards that Virginia has been lacking for a while. He also is very strong defensively which could mean early playing time for the Alabama native. He will need to get better offensively but that should come with time and more coaching from the staff. A solid player to start building the interior with.
Committed October 29, 2005
SG Solomon Tat
6'5 220 pounds
Community Christian (Sylvania, GA)
Regarded as one of the top athletes in the 2006 class. Tat's muscular build enables him to be almost unstoppable when attacking the basket. Has improved his perimeter shot over time and has tremendous upside. Compares to former Hoo Adam Hall in a physical and leaping ability standpoint but has a better outside shot. Tat has played some point guard this past season and can only benefit his all around game.
Committed October 10, 2005
SF Jamil Tucker
6'8 195 pounds
West Side HS (Gary, IN)
Versatility is his strong suit. Has the ability to play 3-4 positions depending on situational matchups. Superb athlete who's excellent in transition on the wing. Has tremendous perimeter range as well making him a hard matchup for most opposing players. Considering his size it's amazing that he handles the ball as well as most guards. Leitao's first commit very well could be a star in the ACC if he continues to improve at his current rate.
Committed October 5, 2005
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