The good news for Virginia Basketball keeps coming. First, the Hoos got a commitment from 2019 point guard Casey Morsell. Then, promising Argentinian Francisco Caffaro chose Charlottesville as his home for the next four years. Sunday, Virginia fans received confirmation that coveted Alabama transfer Braxton Key would be joining the Cavaliers. Oh, and De’Andre Hunter is coming back for at least one more season.
Now, red shirt fourth year Jack Salt has earned the illustrious T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Memorial Scholarship for his final year in Charlottesville.
Jack Salt will receive the prestigious T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Memorial Scholarship this fall. https://t.co/6VW1O2Df1X— UVA (@UVA) May 7, 2018
Salt, named a co-captain for the team last season, will use the scholarship towards earning his master’s degree from the Curry School of Education after graduating with a degree in Anthropology. The T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Memorial Scholarship goes to a student each year that, “...demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, character and integrity.” It is worth the value of one year of full in-state tuition.
Named after Virginia alumni T. Rodney Crowley Jr., the scholarship was, “...established in 1991 to honor a rising fourth-year student who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of its namesake.” Crowley Jr. not only played varsity tennis at Virginia, but played professionally and coached the women’s tennis team as well. The scholarship was created after he passed away from brain cancer in 1991.
Potential recipients are nominated for the scholarship. Once finalists are selected, they are interviewed by a group of trustees before a winner is chosen.
Tony Bennett was extremely supportive of his big man, saying:
“Jack is the ultimate team player and is very deserving of the T. Rodney Crowley Memorial Scholarship. He did a tremendous job as one of our captains this season, serving his teammates and being a fierce competitor each time he stepped on the court. The standard he’s set as a student-athlete, on and off the court, has impacted everyone in our program, and I’m excited that he has been recognized by receiving this award.”
Known for his love for Chipotle and his bone crushing screens, the 6-10, 250 pound center often can be found in the community, whether volunteering with local organizations or spending time at local elementary schools or hospitals.
He even got some love from the new athletic director, Carla Williams:
Salt started all 34 games for the Hoos last season, averaging 3.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in just shy of 20 minutes per game while shooting a team-best 64% from the field (among those that played 15 minutes or more per game).