Our Jermaine Ferrell asked some of the players what their favorite memory is and what their first national title game is that they’ve watched.
“I don’t remember exactly the order of all The Finals I’ve watched, but I vividly remember watching Mario Chalmers hitting that shot. I remember I was supposed to be asleep and my mom coming in my room and telling me to shut the TV off because it was a 9:00 game Eastern Time, and I was trying to stay up and watch it. Then the game went into overtime,” Ty Jerome said. “Being on this stage is incredible. It’s everything I dreamed of and more. Just being with this group of guys and this coaching staff makes it all that much better.”
“Yeah, I obviously listened to my parents more. I was asleep when Mario Chalmers hit the shot,” Kyle Guy said.
“I can’t believe you had a TV in your room. That’s what I’m thinking about,” UVA head coach Tony Bennett said.
“I said to my stepdad, if it’s close, wake me up. He woke me up, and we watched that together. But then probably 2007 or 2008 with (Greg) Oden and (Michael) Conley. Obviously they grew up close to me, so I was rooting for them. They fell short, but those are probably two memories I remember the most,” Kyle Guy said.