ESPN's Reggie Rankin has confirmed that Hotchkiss (Conn.) junior center Mike Tobey has verbally committed to the University of Virginia for the Class of 2012.
Tobey, a 6-foot-10 big from Ramsey, N.J., is the first commit for Tony Bennett's 2012 recruiting class. Tobey's current evaluation on Scouts Inc. reads as follows:
Tobey has a plethora of tools at his disposal and projects as a skilled inside-out five man at the next level. He has good hands and feet inside the paint, catching in traffic and showing well developed footwork both playing with his back to the basket as well as facing up from the elbow. Tobey also has a very soft touch around the rim along with an ability to stretch opposing defenses out to 18 feet.
While undeniably talented, Tobey is still very raw and likely a couple of years away from becoming a dominating force inside the paint. Physically, he needs to get into better shape and get stronger while tightening his frame. He can struggle to keep up with a fast paced game at the moment as his reaction time and agility are still developing as he grows into his body. He also needs to become a more consistent rebounder and finisher while developing a signature move with his back to the basket.
A young big man with a world of potential, Tobey has the combination of size and natural skill that simply can't be taught and while he still has a lot of improvements to make his upside is undeniable.