We are just 13 days from tip-off, so today on STL’s countdown series as the Virginia Basketball season approaches, we delve into social media surrounding the Cavaliers.
Virginia’s head coach Tony Bennett doesn’t have Twitter or Instagram himself, but that doesn’t stop some of his players from (smartly) using social media. For the most part, the Wahoos lay low on social media, usually re-posting some of the official photos from Virginia Athletics, or - if you’re Kyle Guy - retweeting the haters.
The most fun you’ll see, however, is in the comment section of Instagram. Virginia players have taken to commenting on teammates posts, usually saying something overly supportive with an air of sarcasm. Second year Ty Jerome appears to be the biggest offender, but Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter get in on the action frequently (and sometimes you’ll even see alumni).
On one of Hunter’s posts:
On one of Jerome’s posts:
On one of Devon Hall’s posts:
“He’s a goof,” Hall said of Ty Jerome’s Instagram antics.
Despite the joking and ribbing, the 2017-18 Wahoos are very close and Hall says it shows in practice. “It’s a brotherhood,” Hall stated at ACC Media Day. “We’re all one tight knit group. It’s fun to be around.”
UVA Twitter is constantly abuzz during and after games with a great mixture of humor and more serious analysis, and here’s our collection of “must-follow” accounts:
- Marco Anthony: Twitter, Instagram
- Francesco Baddochi: Twitter
- Mamadi Diakite: Instagram
- Kyle Guy: Twitter, Instagram
- Isaiah Wilkins: Twitter, Instagram
- Devon Hall: Instagram
- Jay Huff: Instagram
- DeAndre Hunter: Instagram
- Ty Jerome: Instagram
- Nigel Johnson: Twitter, Instagram
- Jack Salt: Instagram
- The Daily Progress’ beat writer position has been vacant since Andrew Ramspacher left for South Carolina’s The State, but DP sports editor John Shifflett regularly tweets about the latest UVA news.
- Daily Progress: Columnist Jerry Ratcliffe
- Roanoke Times: Doug Doughty
- Richmond Times-Dispatch: Mike Barber
- Daily Press (Newport News): David Teel
- The Washington Post: Gene Wang