Attention Virginia basketball fans. Another UVA recruiting target has set an announcement date for his college decision and this time the Cavaliers are favored to land his commitment.
Elie Gertrudea four-star Class of 2023 shooting guard from Jersey City, New Jersey, will announce his college pick from five finalists on Wednesday: Kansas, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Virginia. Gertrude will make her decision live on the 247Sports YouTube channel on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.
A 6’3″ shooting guard, Gertrude is ranked the 36th overall prospect in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, as well as the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation and the No. 5 player at New Jersey State.
Gertrude announced a top five from Seton Hall, St. John’s, Kansas, Virginia and Rutgers in the first week of August. The announcement came just a week after he made an official visit to AVU.
“The visit to Virginia was good, it was great actually,” Gertrude told ZagsBlog’s Adam Zagoria after her visit. “Their message is Coach Bennett thinks I’m a great defensive player and can take that defensive effort to another level… He thinks I’m very good offensively and we can work on some things. Coach Bennett thinks he can develop me offensively and defensively, he can make me a lot better.
UVA made the final cuts for several targets in this recruiting round, but all but one — Blake Buchanan — ended up committing to other schools in the end. This time, however, it looks like the Cavaliers will emerge victorious.
Virginia picked up a crystal ball prediction for Elijah Gertrude on 247Sports on Friday, meaning one of 247’s recruiting experts predicted that Gertrude would commit to the UVA. As of Monday, there are now five crystal ball predictions for Virginia to land Gertrude’s engagement. Five 247Sports recruiting insiders, including Jacquie Franciulli of Wahoos 247, projected that Gertrude would commit to the Cavaliers.
Other recruiting sites give Virginia equally high odds of winning this recruiting battle. On3 has UVA’s chance of landing Gertrude at 91.0%, with local schools Seton Hall (2.7%), St. John’s (2.3%) and Rutgers (1.9%) each having a chance tiny. Rivals.com says it’s a lock with Virginia having a 100% chance of winning Gertrude’s engagement.
If committed, Elijah Gertrude would be Virginia’s second verbal commitment in the recruiting class of 2023, joining four-star center Blake Buchanan (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho), who announced his commitment to Virginia on July 3. .
Virginia is also in the mix for four other Class of 2023 targets, each of which has the Cavaliers on their most recent draft roster:
SG Taison Chatman (Minneapolis, MN)
SF Andrej Stojakovic (Carmichael, CA)
CG Elmarko Jackson (South Kent, Conn.)
SG Davin Cosby (Richmond, Virginia)
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