Shooting Guard Ishan Sharma To Play For UVA
India-West News Desk
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – In an exciting development, the Virginia Cavaliers have secured their second recruit from the 2024 high school class, and all eyes are on Indian Canadian shooting guard, Ishan Sharma. The 6’5″ standout from the Fort Erie International Academy received a visit from Virginia’s head coach, Tony Bennett, and his coaching team. Without hesitation, Sharma committed to joining them.
Sharma’s commitment follows in the footsteps of forward Jacob Cofie, who made his decision to don the Cavaliers’ jersey slightly over a month ago, adding depth and talent to UVA’s 2024 class. Notably, point guard Christian Bliss, originally slated as a 2024 recruit, chose to reclassify, positioning himself to potentially redshirt for the upcoming season.
What makes Sharma a compelling addition to the Virginia Cavaliers is his shooting ability. Virginia’s recent struggles with perimeter shooting have been well-documented, and Sharma’s arrival is poised to be a game-changer. His forte lies in his proficiency as a sharpshooter, offering UVA a valuable catch-and-shoot threat, streakingthelawn.com said.
Bennett and his coaching staff have high hopes of scheming plays to create open looks for Sharma, a strategy that has worked successfully for the team’s premier shooters over the years. In addition to his catch-and-shoot skills, Sharma has displayed the versatility to make shots off the dribble, indicating a potentially expanding offensive game beyond the three-point line.
With the requisite size and athleticism, Sharma is expected to excel in Virginia’s defensive schemes. While he may not match the offensive skill set of notable Cavaliers like Kyle Guy or Isaac McKneely, Sharma is set to be a dependable defensive asset. He is well-suited to fill the role of a “Three and D” floor spacer at either the shooting guard or small forward positions, significantly bolstering the Cavaliers’ defensive capabilities without compromising on the offensive front.
Sharma’s talent attracted attention from several schools, including Seton Hall, Maine, Marist, NIU, and numerous mid-major programs.