You’ve seen the dramatic finish of Virginia’s Elite Eight game against Purdue in the 2019 NCAA tournament. You know how it goes: Ty Jerome misses a free throw short, Mamadi Diakite taps the ball back, Kihei Clark tracks it down, delivers the best pass in NCAA tournament history, and Diakite makes one of the most clutch buckets in school history to send the game to overtime.
No matter how many times you’ve watched THE PLAY, I guarantee you haven’t seen it like this.
Behold...the 2019 Quarantine Elite Eight featuring Grant Kersey and Tomas Woldetensae.
The beauty is in the details. Watch it back again. Notice the jersey numbers? It’s a ton of fun overlaid with the audio from the UnbelieVAble documentary on the ACC Network, and the extra roll into the forest near Kersey’s house is a nice touch.
Woldetensae was unable to return to his home of Bologna, Italy when UVA closed down mid-March for the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, Woldo has been living with Kersey and his family in Charlottesville.
“It is unfortunate and it’s sad that he can’t go home, but for me and my family, for him to be able to come here puts everything in perspective,” Kersey told Jeff White of VirginiaSports.com. “We’re fortunate enough to be able to go home and hang out with family, but he can’t go see his mom, and his mom’s quarantined in Italy and can’t go anywhere.”
This isn’t their first video, either. The duo has recorded elaborate dunks and skills competitions, as well.
Woldo and Kersey aren’t even the only Virginia players making videos. Sam Hauser and his brother Joey, who plays for Michigan State, spent time making a trick shot video:
What are you doing during your quarantine? pic.twitter.com/hnCvO8c2rD— Joey Hauser (@jjhouz24) April 11, 2020
We’re still not sure how long we will have to wait for actual basketball to return, but until then, we’ll have these videos to keep us entertained.