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Trio of sophomores improving this summer for Virginia

Aug 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Tony Bennett
With Virginia losing a few transfers and dealing with injuries to seniors Joe Harris (stress fracture in foot) and Akil Mitchell (broken bone in hand), it was important for the sophomore trio of Justin Anderson, Evan Nolte and Mike Tobey to develop in the offseason in preparation for a difficult 2013-14 ACC season.

Anderson, Nolte and Tobey have been three of the biggest improvers for Virginia this offseason according to a report from Whitelaw Reid of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Strength and Conditioning Mike Curtis has been giving head coach Tony Bennett updates and consistently has good news on Anderson, Nolte and Tobey.

While Tobey and Nolte are focused on adding muscle, Anderson has a different program since his physique is already NBA-level.

Anderson, who had the physique of an NBA player before he even got to Virginia, has had a slightly different training regimen from Tobey and Nolte.

Curtis said the goal this summer for Anderson, 6-6 and 225 pounds, was to gain “more trunk strength and postural stability.”

“He’s been able to move a little bit better,” Curtis said, “and not kind of get going one way and not be able to stop the train.”
The 6’11” Tobey has added 20 pounds in muscle to go up to 247 while Nolte has added 17 pounds to increase to 225 pounds as a 6’8″ forward.

The difference has been noticeable in pick-up games as Curtis notes the three are doing new things this summer.
In recent pickup games, Curtis has detected a difference in Tobey, Nolte and Anderson.

“They’ve been more physical and have done things they haven’t done before,” Curtis said, “so, hopefully, that translates when it’s time for us to get out there.”

Virginia will need the three of them to contribute this season as the seniors come back from injury.

  1. babybull12 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    casual college bball fans should take notice of UVA this year. not only are the 3 sophs mentioned going to be key factors but the other 3 members of the soph class are going to play a vital role as well. malcolm brogdon is back at full strenght after red shirting last season with a foot injury. with him runninig the point teams can no longer double team joe harris like they did last season with jontel evans running point. evans had 0 offensive game besides the occasional out of control drive to the basket that would lead to a turnover. Brogdon has ability to score anywhere on the floor and great size at 6’5. After a year in the weight room tevin jones can spell brogdon for minutes at point too as long as he stays in good graces with coach. The wahoo x factor will come from Anthony Gill, the soph power forward transfer from south carolina. The versatile scorer and defender will be a tough match up for anyone when he akil mitchell and mike tobey are on the court together. Not to mention Darion atkins, the rising junior leaper who has also had a big off season in the gym. with those four big bodies down low that will give UVA one of the best front courts in the nation. The 2 transfers are non factors in my opinion(Barnette, Jesperson) it opens up 2 scholarships to bring in another big man and shooter once harris and mitchell move on. Jesperson and Barnette can be key contributors at the mid major level but nothing more then situational low minute players in the ACC. Coach Bennetts Defense, the teams experience, mulitple scorers and depth could allow for a second weekend invitation come NCAA tourney time. Several preseason polls have UVA comfortably ranked inside the top 25

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