Sherrill Shines Doing Detail Work

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Senior Will Sherrill connected on 4 3-pointers.

Perhaps Sabre poster 111Balz said it best about Will Sherrill on the EDGE board Wednesday morning: “Walked on, limped off with a little piece of our hearts.” Sherrill, honored on Senior Night along with Mustapha Farrakhan on Tuesday, doesn’t dazzle you with his athleticism or mystify opponents with endless ball skills. He doesn’t steal the show very often with his offense either, though his start against N.C. State fits the bill there.

No, Sherrill just does a whole lot of things right and helps give his team a better chance of winning. None of them are flashy, but his grasp of basketball fundamentals and team strategy are bonuses for a Virginia team in need of steadying players with experience. Oh and then there’s that whole playing on a broken leg thing too. That is one tough dude.

All of it was on display in Tuesday’s 69-58 victory against the Wolfpack.

“Will makes us a better team when he’s healthy,” UVa coach Tony Bennett said. “Does he go 4 for 5 from 3 all the time? No. But he allows Joe [Harris] to play a little more of a natural position on the perimeter, and [Sherrill’s] ability to stretch it opens up some lanes.”

Sherrill, of course, has held the ‘spacer’ reputation since a breakout shooting night against Cleveland State last season. He brings the modern face-up four role to the power forward position without sacrificing some size and length on the defensive end. The Hoos benefitted from his space-maker routine against NCSU where, as Bennett noted, he knocked down four triples. Much of that shooting action came on pick-and-pop actions where Sherrill would screen and then slide away from the action going toward the ball.

That’s one area Harris, a natural wing forward, noticed as well. He credited the senior captain with being an excellent screener in the offense. That gets others open too, not just Sherrill in open space. Harris poured in team-high 19 points by making 4 of 7 treys and all 7 of his free throws.