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The University of Virginia Men’s Basketball program received commitment #2 for the 2005 recruiting class today, when 6-10, 220-pound center/power forward Sam Warren verbally committed to the Cavs. Warren chose Virginia over Nebraska after making official visits to both schools.

“In comparing Virginia and Nebraska, which were his final two, there were a few things that favored Virginia,” said Vanita Warren, mother of Sam Warren . “The opportunity to play in the ACC was a big advantage. Samuel enjoyed the coaching staff at Virginia, particularly Coach Fitzpatrick. He liked Charlottesville, and liked it a little better than Lincoln. Academically, there is a player already taking the same program he wants to take. He wants to major in Game Design or Animation. Nebraska’s coaches were great, but there were a lot of things that favored Virginia.”

As a junior last season for Montbello High School, Warren averaged 7 points, 6 blocks and 5 points per game. He transferred to Cherry Creek High School, which is where he will play his senior season. Cherry Creek Head Coach Mike Brookhart believes Virginia landed a player with a bright future.

“I think Virginia’s getting an outstanding player with tremendous upside,” Brookhart said. “He’s relatively new to the game, but he’s athletic. His ability to run and jump is something you can’t teach. His offensive skills need improving, but he’s improving with every day. He’s a hard worker with limitless upside. I really think he’s going to go through a growth spurt in basketball this season.”

Rated a 3-star prospect by TheInsiders.com and Rivals.com, Warren has come a long way in a short time. He only began playing organized basketball as a freshman, and has improved the more he has played.

“He just started playing basketball as a freshman at Montbello,” Ms. Warren said. “He never played prior to that season. He was home-schooled, and in Colorado high schools have to allow home-schooled kids an opportunity to play. The Coach let him on the team, and it was fun for Samuel. He was just having fun with it. Then Montbello hired Fred Langley, and he started doing more serious things and Samuel started getting more serious about playing.

“The past two summers Samuel played AAU basketball for Colorado Pump & Run. He improved steadily, and that’s where he started getting exposure. This summer he was invited to the Adidas Superstar camp

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