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Jay Huff announces he’s staying in Charlottesville in very Jay Huff fashion

Why would you play with our emotions like this, Jay?

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In very Jay Huff fashion, the Virginia fifth year declared he would be returning to Charlottesville for his final season with a little extra drama. In an Instagram post addressed to Wahoo Nation, Huff started by thanking the fans, reminisced on his time at Virginia, and mentioned meeting his now-fiancée.

“But it’s time,” the 7-1 center said next, before continuing with, “As many of you know I’ve been testing the NBA waters, and the process has been interesting. While there have been no in-person workouts, the many interviews that I’ve done have been very positive. I truly think I have a future at the next level. And the deadline to decide is approaching fast.”

That sound you heard was the collective breath of every Virginia fan and the start of celebrations of every opponent.

But, do not dismay. Huff followed with, “So in the words of Michael Jordan, “I’M BACK.” Can’t wait for one more year in Charlottesville. Gotcha.”

You certainly got me, Jay.

In all seriousness, it’s great news for the Cavaliers to have Huff returning for his fifth year season. Huff averaged 8.5 points — good for fourth on the squad last season — and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2019-20. He shot 38% from three and swatted 61 blocks over the course of the season, including 10 in the Hoos’ win over Duke.

His 62.2% eFG% was good for 28th in the country and second in the conference last season, per KenPom, and his block % of 11.1% was 17th nationally and first in the ACC. Expectations are high around the 2020-21 Virginia team as the Hoos bring in the No. 18 incoming class, return players like Huff, Kihei Clark, and Tomas Woldetensae, and add transfer Sam Hauser.

Check out Huff’s post below: