The Virginia Men’s basketball program is 10 and 1 and off to their best start since 2000-2001. Things should be looking up for the program. Coaches should be happy and players should be enjoying the success of a program that has struggled in mediocrity for years.
Instead, the Cavaliers are losing players right, left, and center to transfer. Yesterday 6 ft. 9 inch redshirt freshmen; James Johnson announced he would be transferring out of the Virginia program. This marks the 4th transfer this year. Johnson joins Billy Baron, Will Regan, and K.T. Harrell, who already announced their intentions to transfer on Friday.
This means in the course of 3 days head coach Tony Bennett has lost 4 out of the 6 players from his first ever Virginia recruiting class. This is worrisome to the Cavaliers’ future. Why are players abandoning ship with a 10 and 1 record? Why are they leaving in droves and announcing their departure in an apparent unified defiance to Bennett?
Whatever the future holds for Bennett and the Cavaliers, Virginia will have to learn to not only recruit top tier players, but also hold on to them. This type of dissension among the ranks is the kiss of death for continued success and casts a dark shadow on what should be a bright season of success.
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