The Virginia men's basketball team took to the practice court at John Paul Jones Arena for the first time since winning the 2019 national championship on Tuesday with plenty of new faces.
Among them was Tomas Woldetensae, a junior college transfer who signed with the Cavaliers last month after averaging 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa this past season. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard shot 47 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from 3-point range and 88.5 percent from the free-throw line last season.
He was joined in the backcourt by freshman guard Casey Morsell, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia this past season after averaging 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals for St. John's College High School.
In several days, Morsell, who was rated a four-star recruit by 247sports, will head to Colorado Springs, Colorado to participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team training camp.
Fellow four-star recruit Kadin Shedrick also took the court for the first time as a Cavalier on Tuesday. Shedrick is a 6-foot-11, 200-pound forward/center from Holly Springs North Carolina.
Justin McKoy, who was a late addition to the Cavaliers' recruiting class, also practiced on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound wing averaged 24.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals last season for Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina.
While there were plenty of newcomers on the court on Tuesday, there also were some familiar faces, including forward Mamadi Diakite, who recently announced that he would pull his name from the NBA Draft and return for his senior season at Virginia. Guards Kihei Clark and Braxton Key and forward Jay Huff also took part in Tuesday's practice.
You can watch highlights of the practice here.