Cavaliers add guard Freddie Dilione to growing list of basketball offers

By Jerry Ratcliffe

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Freddie Dilione, a rising prize in the summer basketball recruiting wars, is now on Virginia’s radar.

Tony Bennett extended an offer to Dilione, a 3-star guard from the Class of 2023, the North Carolinian announced on Wednesday. Dilione, who is listed between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-6, depending on which report one prefers, is expected to see his stock rise dramatically when the next rankings come out because of all the attention he is receiving.

While UVA was the latest to jump on board, Dilione has offers from Indiana, Alabama, LSU, Virginia Tech, VCU, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Xavier, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence, NC State, Minnesota, Maryland, Rutgers and Charlotte.

Dilione plays for Word of God Christian Academy near Raleigh, but previously played at Trinity Christian in Fayetteville. Last season at Word of God, Dilione averaged 25.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.

247Sports composite has him as the No. 151 overall recruit in the nation and No. 7 in the state of North Carolina, while Rivals has him as the No. 45 guard in the country. He’s listed as both a point guard and combo guard.

Dilione was the second player Virginia offered on Wednesday. Bennett offered TJ Power, a 6-8, 4-star forward with guard skills. He’s from Worchester Academy in Shrewsbury, Mass. (see related story).

UVA has also offered 6-10 power forward Blake Buchanan (who visited this past weekend), 6-4 shooting guard Taison Chatman, 6-7 wing Andrej Stojakovic and 6-8 power forward Milan Momcilovic, all 4-stars.

Check out some of Dilione’s recent highlights below (he’s wearing No. 4 in the red jersey):