The Virginia men's basketball staff has stayed busy in pursuit of 2010 prospects and last weekend the Cavaliers played host to some impressive members of that class.
Included in that group was Dwight Powell, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
It was Powell's first visit to Charlottesville and he spoke with CavsCorner about the experience and where things stand with his recruitment.
So, what did this trip entail for the talented big man?
"I got a chance to talk with the head coach and the assistants, and I also got to take a tour of the facilities and see the (Clemson) game," said Powell, who's a native of Toronto. "I didn't get to see much of the campus, but it was a good trip. I was there with my team, but my mom came down and it was just us that met with the coaches and took the tour."
What did Powell think of the John Paul Jones Arena?
"It's amazing. We were actually just talking about that. It's nicer than most NBA arenas."
One of the reasons that Powell was able to take the unofficial visit to UVa was because his team was playing three games in the Washington D.C. area during that time frame.
On Monday night, IMG squared off against Word of Life Academy, which features a future Cavalier in Tristan Spurlock.
And while Powell and his teammates pulled out a 73-65 win, Spurlock put on a show in the game, finishing with 43 points and 10 rebounds.
Powell offered his impressions of Spurlock.
"He's a great player. He can really shoot, and he handles the ball and gets to the basket. He's going to get a lot of run down there (at UVa). They already have a lot of talent in the younger classes and he'll be another good player for them."
As far as Powell's game is concerned, we asked him to describe his style of play.
"I play inside and out. I can shoot and drive to the basket. I'm a good rebounder and I try to block as many shots as I can."
When it comes to recruiting, Powell, who's rated by Rivals.com as the No. 123 overall prospect in the 2010 class, has an impressive list of suitors forming.
But he was also quick to mention that he is in absolutely no hurry to make a college decision.
"I'm getting the most interest from Florida, Stanford, Cal, Virginia, Auburn, Kansas, Memphis, Kansas State, Arizona and Vanderbilt," Powell said. "There are probably some others also. But right now I'm still very open and I'm just looking at all of my options."
What will Powell be looking for in a school when he does make a decision?
"Number one is the people I'm going to be with for four years. I have to get along with the players and coaches. And I'm also going to be looking at the diversity of the campus and how I fit in with the style of play."