Tony Bennett enjoying watching former players compete in the NBA

Tony Bennett enjoying watching former players compete in the NBA
ANDREW SHURTLEFF, THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia head coach Tony Bennett reacts to a play during the first home game of the season against St. Francis Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va. (Source: ACC)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The 13th ranked Virginia men’s basketball team does not have a game until Saturday, after their match-up with NC State was postponed.

The delay is not ideal, as the Cavaliers are on a five-game win streak, but it does give head coach Tony Bennett a chance to watch some of his former players in the NBA.

“The more guys you get in the League, it’s a good thing, but it’s also a bad thing,” says Bennett, “because you can’t keep up with all of it. Whenever I can, and it works out, it’s awesome, because it brings me such joy.”

Bennett says the recent graduates usually get more of his attention.

“Early on in their career, I always try to watch, especially in their first opportunities,” says the coach. “Then when they become a little more seasoned, I maybe let it slide a little more, and I can’t keep up with them. I figure, they’re ok, they’re on their way, and they don’t need an old coach watching them.”

UVA had eight players on NBA active rosters at the start of the 2021 season.

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