Virginia Basketball didn’t finish the 2020-21 season quite how they started, losing as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the first round to No. 13 seed Ohio and highly-touted Jayson Preston, who finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Maybe it was an omen, though.
With Sam Hauser, Trey Murphy III, and Jay Huff all gone, the cupboard is very bare in the scoring department. While the backcourt is still intact, the wing and beyond leave things in a mysterious place for the “best defensive team” in college basketball.
Virginia basketball finished sixth in the nation this past season, allowing just 60.5 ppg on their way to a 13-4 finish in ACC basketball action and another ACC regular-season crown. This year, things could end up a whole lot different.
There’s hope though with the additions of Jayden Gardner (East Carolina) and Armaan Franklin (Indiana). Gardner is a highly-regarded and decorated post player from the AAC while Franklin is a sharpshooting guard with some versatility.
Things could get very interesting for the Cavaliers with some guys needing to step up in a big way next year. Here’s a look at the projected starting lineup and depth chart for UVA basketball in 2021-22.