Jack Salt considered scholarship offers from Pittsburgh and St. Mary’s. Wake Forest was in the picture as well, but when the 6’10”, 230-pound center prospect visited the University of Virginia in mid-September, his decision was clear.
“UVa was where I wanted to go. When I visited the school I knew it was where I wanted to go,” Salt wrote in an e-mail interview with TheSabre.com.
“It feels amazing to be going to UVa. I know I have a lot of improvements to be made to my game. I’m excited I have been given this opportunity to play for such a great program.”
Asked what he specifically liked about his future school, Salt wrote: “Coach Bennett and his coaching staff, the players, and academic pathway at UVa.”
Salt attends Westlake High School (Auckland, New Zealand), a school Tony Bennett has recruited successfully in the past. As an assistant at Wisconsin, Bennett recruited 2-time all-Big 10 selection Kirk Penney. Bennett also recruited Thomas Abercrombie while head coach at Washington State. Abercrombie attended WSU for only two years (one of which was a red-shirt) before moving on to a successful career with the Sky City Breakers in the National Basketball League in New Zealand.
Salt, who in addition to Westlake’s Premiere team plays for New Zealand national team the Tall Blacks and is in the New Zealand Breakers Developmental program, says Bennett first contacted him in July of 2013. The talented center says the Cavaliers head coach likes his “desire to improve and my work rate when I’m on the floor.”
Westlake Premiere head coach Mark Jackson appreciates the physical potential and the will of Salt, who is realizing a dream of playing college basketball in the United States. In addition to Westlake, Salt suits up for New Zealand national team the Tall Blacks.
“Jack is still growing at 6’10”. This is an upside for any team,” Jackson wrote. “He is still developing that athletic potential. He will get better and wants to get better. There is a passion and desire present. He wants to develop both his shot and his shot range. Athletic ability will improve further.”
Off the court, Salt is known to be a quality character with good work ethic.
“Academically he is a good student,” Jackson wrote. “He has high personal integrity. When I am questioned by coaches,...
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