National Champion UVA Basketball Team Celebrated at Scott Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - More than 21 thousand fans showed up at Scott Stadium Saturday to celebrate Virginia's first ever national championship in basketball.
Coach Tony Bennett and several members of the team addressed the big crowd.
"We started the year with the theme United Pursuit because we knew it would be that," says UVa head coach Tony Bennett. "I can't help but to think this is a united celebration of that pursuit because of what it has done. I'm blown away by it."
Fans chanted "one more year" when Ty Jerome spoke to the crowed. The junior guard has one more year left of eligibility.
Jerome was asked how it felt to raise the championship trophy in front of all those doubters.
"Honestly it's not even about them," says Jerome. "It was about us and our coaches. It was a dream come true."
Fans also chanted "one more year" when De'Andre Hunter spoke to the crowd.
UVa legend Ralph Sampson also addressed the crowd.
"To come back a year later and be here. It's the best story in college basketball history," said Sampson. "So as sad as we were last year, we're pretty happy right now."
UVa redshirt freshman forward Francesco Baddochi played the song One Shining Moment on the keyboard.
When the event was over, both Tony Bennett and Kyle Guy spoke to the media only.
"I'm not going to change just because we won a national championship," says Guy. "We're just trying to enjoy every moment. To see 21 thousand people here, that's insane."
"When you coach a team, will always be bonded for life, but this will be special," says Bennett. "There will be a time 30 years from now when we'll be waddling out there when they commemorate the 2019 national championship team, those will be times to always come together. To be part of this story and how it was. You watch national championships, you watch Valvano running the floor when they hit the shot and you go through and you know what, Virginia is now part of those memories. The way it ended the previous year, it makes for one of the greatest stories of resilience and hope."