Shocking: Just In Duke have announced the departure of another top sensational star

The former five-star prospect returns to Charlottesville a year and a half after picking Duke over the Wahoos.

Booyah! The Virginia Cavaliers have added Duke power forward TJ Power to their list of commitments for the 2024 offseason, just days after they received their first.

 

Power was a five-star recruit out of high school who received strong interest from UVA the first time around. After a season in Durham where he averaged just 6.7 minutes per game, the 6’9″ silky shooter is on his way to Charlottesville, where he expects to be a day one starter. Power will undoubtedly provide a significant lift to Virginia’s frontcourt, which is in urgent need of it.

The Massachusetts native is a traditional stretch four, similar to former Wahoo Sam Hauser, who will look to extend his game beyond the catch-and-shoot danger he was for the Blue Devils as a rookie. With Ryan Dunn entering the NBA Draft, Leon Bond moving out, and Jordan Minor and Jake Groves graduating, Power is expected to play a significant role in his sophomore season. He and 2024 high school commit Jacob Cofie are the only forwards who will be on the team.

The most intriguing aspect of this is that Power may serve as a fundamental component for Virginia as the program strives to regain national prominence. He’s a modern offensive force in the frontcourt. He has the potential to be a deadly mid-post option, in addition to his shooting ability. He also has exceptional vision and could improve his ability to take defenders off the dribble after they’ve overcommitted to running him off the line.

This is a significant development for UVA, regardless of how you slice it. The Cavaliers have not had a very good experience using the transfer portal. And, given the current state of affairs with a specific high school recruit, Power’s addition provides a significant boost to the program, staff, and fans. After Jalen Warley brought Virginia on board, Power is putting in much-needed insurance runs.

The Hoos currently have only two of their 13 total scholarships open for the 2024-2025 season, which are expected to be filled in the summer by another frontcourt player and possibly a point guard.

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