Kersey has best seat in house for UVA's Elite Eight run

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The NCAA has limits on how many people can sit on the Virginia men's basketball bench during postseason games. So Grant Kersey has gone back to his day job over the past few weeks.

The Albemarle High School graduate's rise from UVA manager to occasional highlight-maker as a player drew national attention from outlets like ESPN and The Athletic earlier this season. The third-year UVA student appeared in 10 games, scoring 13 points and making both of his 3-point attempts in 17 total minutes of play.

Kersey hasn't been in uniform since the Cavaliers' regular season finale against Louisville, and hasn't been on the bench during the Wahoos' run to the NCAA Elite Eight. But he has still been along for the ride, working with the rest of the team's managers - and he wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

“I can’t complain at all," Kersey said with a wide smile on Friday in the UVA locker room. "I’m just glad I get to travel and be on the road with them, and kind of see the behind the scenes and help out at practice, and then do what I can from the stands."

Despite losing his spot on the bench, Kersey may still have one of the best seats in the house during UVA's postseason games. He'll be back in the first row directly behind the UVA bench on Saturday night when the Cavaliers face Purdue in the championship game of the NCAA's South Region.

A win would put the Wahoos in the Final Four for the first time since 1984.

"It’s so much fun, just to be a part of the journey and be with these guys and to see, this is what we played for," Kersey said. "So just trying to make the best of it as we can now.”



 
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