Four Sign Letters Of Intent With Virginia Men's Basketball
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Virginia men’s head basketball coach Tony Bennett has announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent with the Cavaliers. The players are 6-6 wing Justin Anderson of Spotsylvania, Va.; 6-0 guard Teven Jones of Kannapolis, N.C.; 6-8 forward Evan Nolte of Alpharetta, Ga.; and 6-11 post player Mike Tobey of Monroe, N.Y.
“There’s a level of completeness in all of these players that I like because it doesn’t make them one dimensional,” Bennett said. “All of these young men are playing under very good coaches who push them hard and teach them the value of team basketball and the ability to play both ends of the floor. We like what this class represents as a whole because there’s a little bit of everything. I think we’re at that stage in our program where we want to get those multi-dimensional players.
“These players all fit character-wise and they value being around good teammates. They are all very aware of what a degree from Virginia means and are driven to be a part of moving Virginia basketball to a higher level. That desire to bring relevance to Virginia in college basketball is the common goal for our first three classes. When we can layer the classes as we have and there’s maturity in them, then we can get the depth, the competitiveness and the steadiness that’s needed to become a real high level team.”
Anderson averaged 14 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, two steals and 2.1 blocked shots a game for Montrose Christian School during the 2010-11 season. He was a second-team ESPN High School Underclass All-American as a junior last season, was co-MVP of the 2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game and was a second-team Washington Post All-Metropolitan selection. Montrose Christian finished the 2010-11 season with a 25-1 record, was ranked No. 2 in the POWERADE Fab 50 rankings and finished the season by winning the ESPN National High School Invitational championship. Anderson averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game in Montrose Christian’s three victories in the tournament.
Jones, who is attending Fishburne Military Academy this year, averaged 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals a game as a senior at A.L. Brown High School in 2010-11. He was the Conference Player of the Year and earned All-Region and All-Charlotte Observer honors. As a junior in 2009-10, Jones averaged 17 points and five assists a game and earned first-team All-Conference honors.
Nolte averaged 13 points and seven rebounds a game as a junior at Milton High School during the 2010-11 season. He earned All-Region and All-North Fulton County honors, was honorable mention All-State and was named one of the Top 25 players in Metro Atlanta by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Nolte averaged 14 points and 8.5 rebounds a game as a sophomore in 2009-10 when Milton won the State 5A Championship. He earned All-County and honorable mention All-State honors. Nolte averaged 12 points and seven rebounds a game as a freshman.
Milton has reached the state championship game in each of Nolte’s first three seasons on the team.
Tobey averaged 15.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and four blocked shots a game during the 2010-11 season for the Hotchkiss School (Conn.). He earned first-team All-Tri-State honors last season. Tobey is attending Blair Academy (N.J.) for the 2011-12 academic year.