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'Hoos Look Strong for 2014-15

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This past season was one of the most memorable seasons in the history of UVa basketball.

The 'Hoos cut down the nets twice, once as as ACC regular season champions and a second time celebrating the school's first ACC tournament title since 1976.

UVa senior guard Joe Harris says, " We couldn't be more grateful and thankful for the ride that we've been on since we've at Uva. We wanted to come in and make a difference, we wanted to leave the program in a better spot than when we came in and I think we did that."

Harris leaves as UVa's 11th all-time leading scorer, just ahead of J.R. Reynolds.  Akil Mitchell departs ranking 7th on Virginia's all-time rebound list, but the future still looks bright.

Virginia returns three starters including an outstanding back court of Malcolm Brogdon and point guard London Perrantes.

Perrantes says, " We got a young team, I know it'll be tough without joe and akil, but we have a lot of talent coming in and a lot of talent here, we'll be back. "

Sophomore starter Mike Tobey returns, as well as his three classmates, Anthony Gill, who had a great postseason, Evan Nolte, and ACC Sixth Man of the Year, Justin Anderson.

Anderson says, " We have a chance to be a really solid ball club next year but we're going to continue just like this year, putting two feet on the step and not looking too far ahead. We'll look forward to the postseason just like this year, we have goals for sure, but our goals are to win championships"

Darion Atkins will be a senior next year and should help fill the void of Mitchell.   Highly touted guard Devon Hall red-shirted this year and next season will be in the mix for playing time.   The 'Hoos also add three incoming freshman, including B.J. Stith, the son of Cavalier legend, Bryant Stith.

But the post-season experience this year's team gained is invaluable going forward.

UVa head coach Tony Bennett says, "This was good for our program, this was good for our young men to play in this place and play against that caliber of a team in this setting is huge, I said that to our staff, this is significant for our program. To get in these type of settings to play Syracuse at home for a championship, to play Duke in Greensboro, those are the positives that can make a difference."

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