Tag: 2020 Senior Night

My colleague StLouHoo wrote an amazing and moving tribute to these two great young men, and as I have done each of the last three years, I have put together some of the best moments of each of our seniors. This is a tribute to them and a humble thank you.

Thank You, Mamadi Diakite

Let's rewind back to the fall of 2014. Virginia has just completed its magical run to an ACC title (both regular season and ACCT) and Sweet 16. It was the most successful season UVA had had in decades, certainly the most dominant we'd been in the ACC in a generation. But at the time, it was a one-time breakthrough and the future was still very uncertain. As we geared up for the 2014-15 season, recruiting (a 12-month-cycle) was going on in the background. Virginia had just welcomed to grounds a promising young group of freshmen and transfers in Jack Salt, Isaiah Wilkins, BJ Stith, Marial Shayok, and Darius Thompson. That offseason, Bennett had secured the verbal pledge of 2015 big man Jarr...