Virginia freshmen basketball players London Perrantes and Devon Hall have now had a few weeks to adjust to life in the UVa program. Like many first year players, they say the biggest transition from high school basketball to UVa basketball has been learning the Pack-Line defense.
"It's a lot different from what I was taught," says Hall, who's from Virginia Beach and played at Cape Henry Collegiate. "That was the biggest adjustment honestly, and we're still getting adjusted. But I'll pick it up."
"Definitely the defense was a surprise, but we're getting used to it now," said Perrantes, a Los Angeles native who played at Crespi Carmelite. "This is the third week and I definitely think we're getting acquainted really well, a lot easier now definitely."
The only position where the Cavaliers don't have a returning starter is at the point, which is the position that Hall and Perrantes both play.
"They really have a natural feel for the game," head coach Tony Bennett says of his freshmen point guards. "I think they'll make the game easier for some of our other guys. There will be adjustments, certainly, as all freshman have, but we're excited to have them both."
Both first years are excited too, and hopeful they'll be able to contribute for the Cavaliers right away.
"I think I can do a little bit of it all," says Perrantes. "I'm an all-around player, and I think one of my attributes, like good attributes is to get everybody involved, and be able to run the team and be able to shoot at the same time."
"I like to lead, and basically make plays regardless of what position I am," says Hall. "Regardless of 1, 2, 3, just to make plays and lead, and regardless if it's offensive or defense."