Cavs Add Shooting Guard to Recruiting Class

The Virginia men's basketball team has added a shooting guard to its incoming class of recruits.

Taylor Barnette, a 6-2 senior guard from Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ken., confirmed via Twitter on Friday that he will join the Cavaliers next season.

"I'm officially a University of Virginia Cavalier. Blessed to be a part of the program here. All the glory to God!" Barnette tweeted.

The school confirmed the addition of Barnette in a release Friday evening. In that same release, Virginia officially announced the transfer of South Carolina forward Anthony Gill, who committed to the Cavaliers last month.

Barnette is regarded as a three-star prospect by recruiting websites Rivals.com and Scout.com, while ESPN.com gives him two stars. He's the younger brother of Virginia women's basketball player Sarah Beth Barnette, who sat out last season after transferring from Kentucky.

Barnette was averaging 20.5 points and 6.6 rebounds before an ankle injury cut his senior season short. Barnette signed with Central Florida last September, but was released from his letter of intent following his injury.

Barnette joins post player Mike Tobey and forwards Justin Anderson and Evan Nolte in the Cavaliers' incoming recruiting class. A fourth recruit, point guard Teven Jones, enrolled early at Virginia last semester.

Gill will sit out the 2012-13 season, per NCAA rules on transfers. He started 26 games as a freshman at South Carolina last season, averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes played.

Gill will be eligible to play in 2013, with three seasons of eligibility remaining.


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