Grant Kersey has spent his first two seasons at Virginia as a team manager with the UVa basketball team, but this year Kersey has earned a jersey.

Kersey will dress in uniform with the UVa basketball team this season for home games.    

Virginia has blown out its first two opponents Towson and George Washington and Kersey has gotten to play in the final minute of each game.

"It's awesome, it's such a cool feeling," says Kersey.  "I never thought I'd be on the other side of it.   I remember as a kid being at the games always waiting for the walk-ons to get in.  Now just to see that when I'm in there, it's surreal."

Kersey's last name is not on the back of his jersey, like the other players, but that will soon change.   He unofficially will wear #13 when his new jersey arrives.

The promotion is something coach Tony Bennett has done a couple times before with his team managers.

"Grant is a great story because he came in as a manager, and our managers are sometimes banging around with our guys, almost semi-practice players.  He's just worked," says Bennett.  "Reward a true servant.  I always talk about our managers, they just give, give, give.    So when you can reward that and he's worked hard.  He's a pretty good player, he was a good high school player, he's quick."

At Albemarle High School, Kersey averaged eight points per game during his senior season, playing along side Austin Katstra, who's on Virginia's team.

Kersey scored a career-high 23 points against Charlottesville and made 38 three-pointers in 31 games.

His teammates at UVa have embraced his new role.

"He's a real hard worker, he's a real servant," says Ty Jerome.  "He does whatever we need and for him to get rewarded like that is awesome."

"He does work really hard like Ty said" says Kyle Guy.  "He deserves all of this."

On Sunday against George Washington, not only did Kersey play, but the junior scored his first two points, hitting two free throws in the final seconds.

Kersey has closed out Virginia's first two games this season dribbling out the clock.

"Just have fun and enjoy it.   Try not to turn the ball over.  Just do what I could," says Kersey.  "I'm just glad to have a jersey.   But the Kersey jersey is on its way.  Hopefully it will be here soon.

Virginia moved up one spot today in the Associated Press poll, now ranked 4th in the country.