Days after offer, 3-star C Blake Buchanan visits Virginia

Things are trending up between Blake Buchanan and Virginia.

Last week, UVA coach Tony Bennett watched Buchanan, a 3-star center in the 2023 class, play in an AAU tournament in Kansas City, according to a report from Jerry Ratcliffe. Bennett extended an offer to Buchanan on April 26.

Now, the 6-foot-9 Buchanan will visit Virginia’s campus in Charlottesville this weekend.

Buchanan, a native of Idaho, has received interest from several other prominent programs, including Iowa, Oregon State, Gonzaga and Washington State. Idaho, Pepperdine and San Jose State have also extended offers.

247 Sports ranks Buchanan, who has some stretch/shooting to his game, as the No. 20 center in the 2023 recruiting class. Currently, UVA has no commitments for 2023.

Of course, Bennett assembled a deep 2022 class, which includes four 4-star commitments, headlined by power forward Isaac Traudt. That group ranks as the No. 11 class in the country, according to 247 Sports.

Last week, Virginia landed graduate transfer Ben Vander Plas, a stretch-4 from Ohio. The Cavaliers project to have a strong frontcourt for the 2022-23 season: Jayden Gardner, Kadin Shedick, Traudt and Vander Plas.

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