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UVA's Five Freshmen Eager to Make an Impact

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The UVa basketball team plays its season opener at George mason a week from Friday. The 'Hoos are picked to finish seventh in the ACC partly because they are so young with just one senior and five freshman, but those freshman are highly touted and the if they blossom sooner rather than later the 'Hoos could exceed expectations.

Cavalier coach Tony Bennett is doing a lot of teaching in practice.  He has five freshman that all bring different skills but should fit well into Virginia's system.  Three of the freshman were ranked as top-100 recruits by Rivals, including sharp shooter Evan Nolte, who has a scouting report on Virginia's rookie class.

Nolte says, "Taylor (Barnette), he's a point guard, he's pretty quick, he can shoot pretty well, Tevin (Jones) he's been here a semester, he brings some quickness to the team, he can score, great defense. Justin Anderson brings a lot of athleticism a lot of energy to the team. Mike Tobey is a big man, he's 7 foot, he knows how to play, he has good moves and is working really hard right now."

Anderson is the most heralded of the bunch and the best athlete.  The Northern Virginia native was ranked as the 47th best prospect for the class of 2012.

Anderson says, "I want to win, I want to be known as a winner everywhere I go, in games in workouts and practice. When you're a winner you want to win and you want to be the best you can be and it becomes contagious and I want it to become contagious in this program."

7-footer, Mike Tobey from New York has a nice touch around the basket and also has a nice mid-range shot.

Tobey says, "I wouldn't say I'm a bruiser inside or anything... right now the coaches are really stressing to me to be more of a shot botherer.  Instead of trying to block everything, just bother shots because my length will help on the defensive end."

Virginia's other top-100 recruit is Nolte. A 6 foot 8 deadly outside shooter from Georgia.  He and classmate Taylor Barnette from Kentucky should add instant offense.

Coach Tony Bennett says, "the ability to spread the floor, Nolte can shoot it, Barnette can shoot it,and of course you know Joe and Paul. So I think we'll have a more of a team in spots that can stretch you."

Because a handful of players have transferred out of Virginia's program over the last year, this year's team is made up of mostly underclassmen.

Bennett says, "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 the system quickly, and find their way, I think we can be an effective team."

Tobey says, "I think everyone's really good. I think we're going to surprise some folks this year.

Anderson adds, "We're all going to be there for each other and in the future, hopefully we're going to be really dominant."

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