It's been a tough few days for Virginia coach Tony Bennett.
First came the news that rising sophomore guard Taylor Barnette would be leaving the program and transferring to another institution.
"Taylor has informed me that he has decided to transfer from our program," Bennett said in a release. "His main reason is that he wants a bigger role as a player at another school. His release will be granted and we wish him well."
Barnette averaged 2.6 points per game and shot 43.2 percent from three-point range in 26 appearances with Virginia during his freshman season. Out of high school, he was recruited by a number of mid-to-low major schools including James Madison, Wofford, Navy, Samford, and Liberty. He is a native of Lexington, Ky.
As Norm Wood of the Daily Press points out, Bennett has had 18 freshmen at UVa during his tenure. Of those 18, seven have since left the program.
Then came perhaps more damaging news.
Mitchell was Virginia's second-leading scorer (13.1 points per game) and leading rebounder (8.9 rebounds per game). He and returning guard Joe Harris will be Virginia's two biggest pieces in what is expected to be an ultra-competitive ACC this upcoming season.