It’s on to the next recruiting target for Virginia coach Tony Bennett and his staff.
On Wednesday, Devonte Graham, considered the best remaining point guard in the class of 2014, trimmed UVa from his list of suitors.
Graham announced via Twitter that N.C. State and Kansas are his finalists.
While the decision wasn’t a huge or unexpected blow to Virginia — the program is stocked fairly well at the point guard position — it was considered a bit of a disappointment since Bennett stayed in Charlottesville during an important evaluation day last Saturday in order to host Graham.
Graham would have been the gravy on an incoming class that already includes guard B.J. Stith, forwards Isaiah Wilkins and Marial Shayok and center Jack Salt.
As one source close to the situation put it, Virginia felt as if it was playing with “house money” in terms of using its final available scholarship.
In that vein, UVa will now await word from Ukrainian sharpshooter Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-6 wing who has been compared by some to Manu Ginobili and the late Drazen Petrovic.
Mykhailiuk is only 16 but has completed his schooling and is believed to be eligible to play in the NCAA this coming season. The issue is whether he wants to go the college route. Mykhailiuk is considered one of the best players for his age in Europe and is already on the radar of NBA teams.
In an interview that aired on heinnews.com on Wednesday, Mykhailiuk said he will decide what he is going to do by May 21, which marks the end of the spring signing period. Iowa State, Kansas and Oregon are other schools reportedly interested in him.