Virginia Basketball: Blake Buchanan and two recruiting targets visit UVA

Virginia basketball pledge Blake Buchanan and his family pose with UVA head coach Tony Bennett during a Virginia football game during Buchanan’s official visit to UVA.

The opening weekend of the college football season was also a busy one for the UVA men’s basketball program. Virginia hosted commit Blake Buchanan as well as a few targets in future recruiting classes on Grounds this weekend.

Buchanan, who announced his commitment to UVA against Gonzaga on July 3, made his official visit to Virginia over the weekend. He was seen spending a lot of time with the current UVA men’s basketball team, accompanying them to Friday’s ‘Paint the Town Orange’ cheer rally on the Downtown mall in Charlottesville and then attending the UVA football season opener against Richmond Saturday at Scott Stadium. It’s never too early to start building chemistry with future teammates.

UVA entered Buchanan before its recruiting stock spiked this summer. Previously rated a three-star and No. 161 overall in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, Buchanan climbed 94 spots to No. 67 and is now a four-star in the latest recruiting rankings.

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Thanks to a brilliant internet investigation by recruiting expert Hooz Got Next, we also learned that 2024 target Isaiah Abraham was also at the UVA football game. Abraham was spotted in a photo with the Virginia basketball team – he’s in the second photo of the tweet below with the white shirt.

Abraham, a four-star winger from Warrenton, Va., previously played at Highland High School but transferred to Paul VI in Fairfax, Va. this year. In addition to the offer he received from Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers on August 6, Abraham has been offered by Villanova, Maryland, UConn, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Kansas State and Wichita State.

Virginia also hosted Nyk Lewis, a point guard from the Class of 2025, this weekend. Lewis is a sophomore at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC and he already has offers from Maryland, Bryant, George Mason and Norfolk State.

We also learned this weekend that another 2025 goal, Landon Vanderwarker of Columbus, Ohio, has scheduled an unofficial visit to UVA for Nov. 12.

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