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Our Favorite Virginia Players

A lot of choices lately

Gardner-Webb v Virginia
COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 22: Kihei Clark #0 of the Virginia Cavaliers moves the ball against Jaheam Cornwall #1 of the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs in the first half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Continuing our series of our favorite players from other ACC schools it’s time for Virginia. And that’s an interesting topic because most of the ones we think of now are Tony Bennett players but there are plenty of earlier guys.

So let’s get to it!

  • It’s a bit early to commit to this, but our favorite Wahoo of all time might just be...Kihei Clark. What’s not to love? He’s makes mistakes, he’s not perfect, except at the end of a game. Then the guy turns into a 5-9 Christian Laettner. Who can ever forget his incredible pass against Purdue in the (last) NCAA tournament? We love his game. Tony Bennett said once “that kid’s a winner” and he was right. By the way, here’s a family pic. His dad was a smallish point guard too, smaller than his son, but check out his mom. Normally you’d think well basketball players in the pic! Of course she looks tiny. But he’s just 5-9 and he looms over here like a redwood. She’s tiny. His brothers are awfully cute too. All in all, looks like a wonderful family and they are surely proud of him. He’s something else. Just please don’t do it in Cameron.
  • Ty Jerome. The guy was a stone cold killer. We loved his game. He was the perfect guard for Virginia. It would have been fun to see him play against Jon Scheyer come to think of it.
  • Lee Raker. He was just a hard ass. On a team with Ralph Sampson, someone needed to be a tough guy. It was more or less Raker by default and he was willing to do it.
  • London Perrantes. Another small, tough point guard for Tony Bennett, who has a knack for finding them. He was just a heady, hard-nosed kid who made the right decisions. Perfect fit for Bennett’s endodontic-inducing offense.
  • Kyle Guy. We were back and forth on Guy until his senior year. He showed incredible guts and heart in the tournament, not least of all at the foul line. So after that, it was hard to not admire Guy.