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2016-17 Virginia Basketball Player Profiles: Jack Salt

The big man from New Zealand enters his second season of action with the Hoos. What role will he have?

NCAA Basketball: Charleston Classic-George Mason vs Virginia
Salt brings a physical presence to the Cavaliers.
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With 27 days until tip-off at UNC-Greensboro, it’s time to go down under – or down under-er, rather – for the next player profile as we take a look at Kiwi Jack Salt.

Last season, Salt saw action in 22 games, averaging 6.3 minutes per game. He even found his way into the starting lineup for nine games over the course of the early season. His point production (1.6 ppg) and rebounding (1.1 rpg) from last year won’t knock your socks off, and certainly his performance was, um, looked at critically we’ll say, by some of our commenters, but he’s a good option off the bench.

Salt, at 247 pounds, is the biggest body the Hoos have. He’s built solidly and can really bump down low, but he had problems with fouling during his first season. Now a redshirt second year, Salt is entering his third year with Coach Bennett and the Hoos, so expect to see some drastic improvements in his defensive game.

As mentioned in the player profiles of Jay Huff and Jarred Reuter, the Hoos have some depth at the big man position. Austin Nichols, Isaiah Wilkins, and Mamadi Diakite are the top three in my mind, and from there, I can see either Reuter or Salt being next off the bench.

Salt was definitely rough around the edges – coarse even – last season, but I think he will be a big help to this team with the challenging schedule in front of them. The daunting stretch in late January to late February in which the Hoos play at Notre Dame, face Virginia Tech and North Carolina twice each, with some Villanova, Duke, Syracuse, Louisville, and Miami thrown in for kicks.

The Stats:

Position: Center

Height: 6-11

Weight: 247

Twitter: @JackSalt33

Not Afraid Of: Zip-lining. The big man got after it. Check out the :37 mark.