Just two days remain until Virginia Basketball opens their season with UNC-Greensboro. Today, we’re taking a look at #2 Justice Bartley, the last piece of the Hoos’ “Green Machine”.
Now in his third year, Bartley - along with Trevon Gross Jr. and Austin Katstra - is crucial to the preparation of Virginia’s starters. He joined the team as a walk on and played in 10 contests last year, accumulating nine points and seven rebounds while shooting 44% from the field in 2.7 minutes per contest.
Bartley started for the “blue” team in this year’s Pepsi Blue-White Scrimmage, and played strongly before a scary moment ended the event a little early. After a missed shot in the fourth quarter of the scrimmage, Bartley and Mamadi Diakite went up for the rebound, resulting in Bartley hitting the floor hard. He was apparently unconscious for a few seconds before the medical staff got him up and to the hospital. He’s doing just fine now and back to helping the team prep for UNC-Greensboro this Friday.
This past weekend, Bartley and NBC29 joined forces with the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia for their annual awareness walk. Bartley, who struggled has struggled with epilepsy throughout his childhood, holds the cause close to his heart.
One more week CVille. Can’t wait to see you all there! pic.twitter.com/ncNMZjB0Ff— Justice Bartley (@justicebartley_) October 29, 2017
The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia was founded in 1978 and was created to “promote awareness about epilepsy and provide assistance to those with the disorder”. They also work with local law enforcement and teachers to help them learn about the disorder and how they can react in an emergency.
“Epilepsy comes in different forms, it's not what you may see on TV,” Bartley told NBC29. “Epilepsy, there are different conditions and everyone has dealing with it in their own way, but I would say that having support and having support from your family and friends does go a long way. And it does help.”
Justice also spoke at an Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia picnic back in September and has learned to manage his seizures since struggling with them in eighth grade.
While Bartley probably won’t make a huge impact on the stats sheet in the upcoming season, you can bet he’s making a difference in the community.