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UVa Basketball Team Manager Grant Kersey Reflects on Rise with 'Hoos

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The University of Virginia Men's Basketball is one of the best teams in the country. The Cavaliers consists of an elite group of athletes. However, this player also deserves recognition.

The UVa basketball team manager. His name? Grant Kersey. And even if he does not get anymore playing time this season, he has already accomplished more than anyone expected. 

"I was as young as I can remember. I was always coming with my parents, then I was a ball kid when I was like six or seven."

Kersey is an Albemarle High School alum. He considered playing basketball in college when a different opportunity arose.
 
"I just wanted to do something where I could be around the game every day, because that's just how it's always been."

He stuck to his manager duties his first year, decided to walk-on his second year, and did not make it.

"At the end of the day I knew I had nothing to lose trying out."

Kersey tried out again his third year and still did not make it. It was until later head coach Tony Bennett had a change of heart.

"It was the night before the first game and I had no idea what was going on, I didn't know what he was going to say, what he wanted to talk about or anything, but he said we recognize your hard work and what you're doing, and we want to reward you. That they had ordered me a jersey and would dress me for the home games. I was trying to play it cool, but I was ecstatic." 

Grant Kersey was featured on Top 10 Plays on SportsCenter. It was his three pointer he made from the UVa vs. Coppin State game. 

"I was like no they're not going to put that on there, then that night people started texting me turn it on turn it on and saw it which is crazy."

Aside from receiving game time and getting on SportsCent, Kersey explains that basketball is more than just a game.

"Kids reaching out and other managers reaching out saying you're an inspiration just keep doing what you're doing. For me to be on the other side of it,telling me that, that's just the coolest thing."