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Refreshing Virginia's List of Transfer Portal Targets

By Matt Newton,


See an updated list of players the Cavaliers have contacted in the transfer portal

More than 700 men's basketball players have entered the NCAA transfer portal since the end of the season. With Virginia losing three players to the transfer portal (Francisco Caffaro, Isaac Traudt, Kadin Shedrick) and at least three more to graduation (Kihei Clark, Jayden Gardner, Ben Vander Plas), the Cavaliers are expectedly diving head first into the transfer portal looking for quality roster additions.

As of March 29th, UVA has reportedly reached out to 16 players in the transfer portal (and likely others that haven't been reported), but four of those targets have since announced their commitments to other programs. Here are the latest players Virginia has made contact with in the transfer portal:

UVA is one of several schools to make contact with North Carolina's Will Shaver , a 6'10", 260-pound freshman forward out of Birmingham, Alabama. Shaver appeared in only three games as a true freshman for the Tar Heels. Per 247Sports' Dushawn London, Shaver has heard from Virginia, Florida, Nebraska, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Liberty, UAB, and other schools and has plans to visit Florida, UAB, Belmont, and Liberty so far.

Virginia has reached out to Grand Canyon's Chance McMillian , a 6'2" junior guard from Vallejo, California. Oklahoma, Purdue, Oregon State, Boston College, and Nebraska have also contacted McMillian, per 24/7 High School Hoops. McMillian has appeared in 91 games over the last three seasons and averaged 10.9 points per game on 44.4% three-point shooting last season.

Virginia and Maryland are two of the latest schools to contact Dayton forward Mustapha Amzil , who visited South Carolina last week and has participated in Zoom meetings with Memphis and New Mexico, per Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers. A 6'10" junior from Finland, Amzil averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds and shot 44.2% from the field for the Flyers this season.

UVA is part of a long list of programs expressing interest in Illinois freshman Jayden Epps . Arkansas, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Georgetown, NC State, Minnesota, DePaul, Georgia, Texas A&M, and LSU have also reached out, per Andrew Slater. A 6'2" guard from Norfolk, Virginia, Epps averaged 9.5 points per game in 31 appearances, including 11 starts for the Illini. Epps had 14 points on 6/13 shooting with a pair of three-pointers in Illinois' loss to Virginia in Las Vegas back in November.

Virginia also contacted George Mason's Josh Oduro , a 6'9" senior forward from Haymarket, Virginia, but Oduro has since announced his commitment to Providence. Some other UVA targets who have made their transfer decisions include Payton Sparks (Ball State to Indiana), John Tonje (Colorado State to Missouri), and Ta'Lon Cooper (Minnesota to South Carolina).

Here is the updated list of players Virginia has contacted in the transfer portal:

Robert Jennings: 6'7" freshman forward from Texas Tech
Jonathan Beagle: 6'9" freshman forward from Albany
Jordan Minor: 6'8" senior forward from Merrimack
Elijah Hutchins-Everett: 6'11" sophomore center from Austin Peay
Jackson Paveletzke: 6'3" freshman guard from Wofford
Johnny O'Neil: 6'9" junior forward from American
Jae'Lyn Withers: 6'9" redshirt junior forward from Louisville
Chris Ledlum: 6'6" junior forward from Harvard
Chance McMillian: 6'2" junior guard from Grand Canyon
Will Shaver: 6'10" freshman forward from North Carolina
Jayden Epps: 6'2" freshman guard from Illinois
Mustapha Amzil: 6'10" junior forward from Dayton
Payton Sparks : 6'9" sophomore center from Ball State - Indiana
John Tonje : 6'5" senior guard from Colorado State - Missouri
Ta'Lon Cooper : 6'4" senior guard from Minnesota - South Carolina
Josh Oduro : 6'9" senior forward from George Mason - Providence

Keep track of all of Virginia's movement in the transfer portal here: Virginia Basketball Transfer Portal Updates

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