The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Courtesy of the hall.

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Shawn Moore, a Martinsville High School and University of Virginia graduate who went on to become a finalist for college football’s Heisman Trophy in 1990, will be one of the inductees Saturday at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Moore was the ACC player of the year in 1990, when he was a first-team All-American and also was the first winner of the Dudley Award, which recognizes the best college player in the state.

Fellow inductee DeAngelo Hall, a defensive back at Virginia Tech, was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons (eighth overall) in 2004 and spent 14 years in the National Football League, nine with the Washington Redskins.

Hall was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Ryan Zimmerman, a former UVa baseball player from the Virginia Beach area who spent 16 seasons with the Washington Nationals before his retirement last year, will go into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame after the Nationals retired his No. 11 earlier in the year.

Other inductees Saturday will include Bob Rotanz of Salem, a lacrosse All-American during his days at Roanoke College, and longtime William and Mary football coach Jimmye Laycock.

Rotanz was the national player of the year in 1978, when he scored the winning goal as the Maroons won the Division 3 national championship. He will speak to the Roanoke Valley Sports Club on May 15. 

Portal news

New to the UVa men’s basketball program is Andrew Rohde, a 6-foot guard from St. Thomas in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rohde, who is from Wisconsin, averaged 17.1 points for the “Tommies” and was the rookie of the year in the Summit League, nailing 56 3-pointers.

The Cavaliers also landed 6-8 Jordan Minor, who averaged 17.4 points this season for Merrimack. Minor, who is from Kingston, Mass., led the Macks in both scoring (17.4 points per game) and rebounds per game (9.4).


West Virginia has added Jesse Edwards from Syracuse, where he averaged 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds this past season.

In the interim, Kadin Shedrick from UVa remains in the portal but has not chosen Duke, as some have predicted.

Along the same line, Aaron Estrada from Hofstra, who was the CAA player of the year, has not settled on Florida State as previously speculated.  

Georgia Tech has landed Kowacie Reeves, a small forward from Florida, where he averaged 8.5 points last season.

Syracuse has added Chance Westry, a combination guard who averaged 2.5 points at Auburn.

D.J. Horne, who averaged 12.5 points last season at Arizona State, is headed to N.C. State.

Women’s basketball

Paris Clark, a  five-star prospect who was the Gatorade player of the year in New York in 2022, is transferring from Arizona to UVa.

Virginia Tech has four signees in the ESPN top 100 women’s recruits.

Edessa Noyan, a 6-3 player from Sweden, has joined the UVa women’s program after an earlier commitment to the University of San Francisco.

Duke has signed the No. 3-ranked women’s player in the country, 6-foot Jaydn Donovan from Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C.


Cam’Ron Kelly, who transferred to Virginia after four years on the football team at North Carolina, has re-entered the portal.

Kelly originally had signed with Auburn out of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake.

Doug Doughty has been writing for more than 50 years starting as a high school student in Washington,...