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Evans, Brogdon Hoping to be Healthy for Start of Season

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At UVa basketball media day on Wednesday Jontel Evans said he hopes to be back for the second game of the season and Malcolm Brogdon says he hopes to be back for the season opener.  Both have foot injuries.

Virginia's season opener is a month away at George Mason.   It will be a young Wahoo team this year with only one scholarship senior but a highly touted freshman class coming in.

With crutches by his side senior point guard, Jontel Evans answered questions at today's media day. He's recovering from foot surgery and hoping to miss only the season opener.

Evans says, " Not sure if its going to happen but I have to keep my spirits up, just going to continue to rehab the right way, and there's a possibility I could be there for the second game of the season."

Malcolm Brogdon is still recovering from a foot injury suffered during last season.  He's hoping to be ready for the season opener.

Coach Tony Bennett says, " It all comes down to defensively, our team defense will be so important, that's even more important in a situation like this."

Mike Scott has graduated.  Joe Harris is the team's leading returning scorer on a Cavalier team that will have more of a balanced attack this season.

Bennett says, " We'll have to do it more with ball movement, player movement, a lot of our offense was geared towards getting the ball to Mike in certain spots and letting him go to work. I think we'll look a little different this year."

Harris says, " I had a tendency the first couple years not to assert myself and play back to the upperclassmen, but now that I am an upperclassman, I feel like for us to have success this year I have to take on a bigger role, and on offense be more assertive and aggressive."

The Cavaliers have a talented group of freshman, many of whom will have to play right away, including 4-star prospect, Justin Anderson.

Anderson says, "Passion, energy, enthusiasm, just a willingness to win, I want to be known as a winner everywhere I go, in workouts, in games, everywhere I go. When you want to be a winner you want to be the best player you can be and it becomes contagious and I want it to become contagious in this program."

Bennett says, " Losing some of those transfers has made us more inexperienced and that's the challenge, if we can overcome that, because of the European trip, because of all the basketball they've played, if they have the right mindset and can learn quickly and sort of find their way I think we can be an effective team... Its just can it come together in the absence of a lot of upperclassmen, can we overcome that that'll be the challenge for us."

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