As the weather in Charlottesville gets a bit cooler, Virginia men’s basketball fans become anxious to kick off the regular season. The Virginia Hoo Crew and followers across the nation have a lot to look forward to.

In addition to the returning players from Tony Bennett’s stacked squad, the Virginia Cavaliers enter the new season with potentially five new threats to the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. The new additions, Kihei Clark, Braxton Key (Alabama transfer Jr.), Kody Stattmann, Francesco Badocchi (R-Fr.) and Francisco Caffaro, promise great potential for the future of the ‘Hoos men’s basketball program.

Traveling from all around the world, these new players have had a few months to get settled in the city of Charlottesville and get their bearings down here on grounds. The players family section in the John Paul Jones Arena could be flooded with international guests this season. Argentinian Francisco Caffaro and Australian Kody Stattmann add to the already existing international feel on the roster with redshirt freshman Francesco Baddochi (Italy), junior Mamadi Diakite (Guinea), and senior Jack Salt (New Zealand).

Kody Stattmann from the land down under 

Kody Stattmann sporting #23 posing on picture day.

An absolute bomber from the three-point line, freshman Kody Stattmann promises to be a powerful asset from the wing for the Cavaliers. As a near 6-foot-7 big-time shooter, Stattmann was a hot commodity as a recruit and has size and strength that is hard to come by.

While there is talk that he might not be completely ready to join the squad of returning guards, Stattmann’s stats promise lots of potential for the future of the Cavaliers.

Former Cavalier, Joe Harris is on the rise in the NBA.

Compared to Virginia veteran Joe Harris, who is currently making a name for himself in the NBA, this three-point master may be just what the Cavaliers need following the 2018-2019 season.

Strength in Size with Francisco Caffaro

Easily recognized for his 7-foot, 233-pound presence, Francisco Caffaro from El Trebo, Santa Fe, Argentina, has turned some heads not only on campus but also in his performance this summer at the FIBA Americas Championship. In addition to his foreign roots and noticeable size, Caffaro marks himself as unique as one of the first NBA Global Academy graduates to commit to an NCAA school.

Since the age of 15, Caffaro has represented Argentina in FIBA national tournaments four different times and has stood out as a leader on the team. Although there is talk that he may need to take this season to redshirt and hit the weight room, he resembles an important piece of Virginia’s equation, Isaiah Wilkins, that Virginia has been looking to replace.

Could Caffaro be the next Isaiah Wilkins slamming it home for the ‘Hoos?

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Content Creator at Armchair Virginia , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Growing up in northern Virginia, I have dedicated all my energy for sports towards DC and Virginia athletics #DCandHoosRising. However, being a diehard DC and UVA sports fan, has, at times, truly tested my love of sports. Nevertheless, ever since I could fit into my toddler sized UVA cheerleading uniform and could yell “Go Hoos,” I have been cheering on the Cavaliers to the point where I often times lose my voice. Even after their 2018 tournament performance, the basketball team still has my allegiance and hope for the 2018-19 season. So, as a wise fourth-year UVA student with an academic interest in sports journalism, it’s only natural that I’d cover the men’s basketball team on their epic journey this season. Hopefully, I won’t end my time as an undergraduate UVA basketball fan in a puddle of tears.
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Content Creator at Armchair Virginia , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Growing up in northern Virginia, I have dedicated all my energy for sports towards DC and Virginia athletics #DCandHoosRising. However, being a diehard DC and UVA sports fan, has, at times, truly tested my love of sports. Nevertheless, ever since I could fit into my toddler sized UVA cheerleading uniform and could yell “Go Hoos,” I have been cheering on the Cavaliers to the point where I often times lose my voice. Even after their 2018 tournament performance, the basketball team still has my allegiance and hope for the 2018-19 season. So, as a wise fourth-year UVA student with an academic interest in sports journalism, it’s only natural that I’d cover the men’s basketball team on their epic journey this season. Hopefully, I won’t end my time as an undergraduate UVA basketball fan in a puddle of tears.

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