UVA Basketball Players Celebrate Their Most Impactful Professors


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Cavalier men’s basketball player Jack Salt named Curry School's Ann Boyce as one of his most impactful professors. (Photo by Matt Riley, UVA Athletics)

Over the last decade, University of Virginia men’s basketball players have talked at great length about the impact that Coach Tony Bennett has had on them not only as players, but as people.

Before the NCAA Tournament got underway, a number of this year’s players said the same thing holds true for their professors, who, in many cases, have been their mentors, friends and coaches off the court. 

These faculty members have played a pivotal role in the players’ acclimation to college life and in developing them into productive and thoughtful members of the University and Charlottesville communities.

With this in mind, UVA Today asked a few members of this year’s team about their most impactful professors – and then talked with those professors.

Here’s what both the teachers and pupils had to say.

Jack Salt

Professor: Ann Boyce, Curry School of Education and Human Development

Salt, a fifth-year senior pursuing his master’s degree in educational psychology (he was an anthropology major as an undergraduate), has taken Boyce’s kinesiology courses. “I like the way she teaches – she’s just very upfront and relates to me very well,” Salt said.

628x535Ann_Boyce_03_DA_Inline-1.jpgBoyce wrote an open letter to Salt in which she told him she knew he was special after he spotted an error in a research study during a class presentation.

“I love it when students go beyond the course curriculum and apply the class content,” she wrote. “Your ability to analyze and evaluate research is truly exceptional!

“… You have said that choosing UVA was one of the best decisions you ever made. I think that UVA is a unique university that stresses both academics and athletics with just the right balance of both. Each student who attends the University leaves his or her mark.  Your legacy is one of service to the university as an outstanding student-athlete.  You epitomize that ideal.

“… I wish you great success in the upcoming tournament and know that you and your teammates will represent UVA with honor and at a level of competitiveness that other teams can only hope to emulate.”

Read the full story at news.virginia.edu.