Assane Sene saw what he needed to see and decided he was ready to make his college decision. The big man from South Kent (Conn.) is off the board.
After making visits to Virginia, Connecticut and Syracuse, Sene called UVa head coach Dave Leitao and committed to the ACC school.
"After taking all of those visits, he compared them and saw the best opportunity at Virginia," South Kent head coach Raphael Chillious said. "He's going to have an opportunity to learn and grow on the court and play right away in one of the best conferences in college basketball."
The Cavaliers were the first high-major school to recruit the Senegalese born player and hosted the three-star center on campus multiple times. Chillious said the relationship that Sene has built with Leitao was important.
"I'm really hard on my players but can also be really open with them and Assane told me that was what he liked about Dave. He said he felt like he could have that same kind of relationship," Chillious said.
Sene laid low under the radar in large part to a light travel schedule and a thumb injury that slowed him down at the NBA Players Association camp. Chillious said the Cavaliers are getting a refined post player with versatile skills.
"He's really getting better and in fact, I was telling Dave that (Sene) is the best post scorer he's had there. He's not a back to the basket five man," Chillious said. "He is more of a face up four that can do some things offensively."
Sene joins center John Brandenburg and guard Sylven Landesberg in the 2008 recruiting class for the Cavaliers.