Sabre Scoop: Salt Ready For UVa

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Jack Salt’s collegiate career begins on May 18, so in less than one month the 6’10”, 230-pound center prospect out of Auckland, New Zealand, will have begun classes at the University of Virginia.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” Salt wrote in an e-mail interview with The “I’m curious to see what American culture is like. I can’t wait to come to UVA, and seeing how well the team has done this season has been amazing. I’m grateful I get to be a part of such a good basketball program and well a great academic school.”

In terms of his expectations on the basketball court, Salt is keeping it simple.

“Honestly I don’t know how I’m going to do,” he wrote. “I’m just going to focus on the things I can control which is to work hard and learn as much as I can from the coaches and players. My main goal is to do what I can to get better every day.”

Salt lists helping Westlake Boys High School to back-to-back national championships as the highlight of his high school basketball career. He was also pleased to see his future team do so well this past season.

“It was amazing,” Salt wrote about Virginia’s run to the 2013/2014 ACC regular season title, ACC Tournament title and Sweet Sixteen appearance. “Any game I could get in New Zealand I would be watching it. I was so happy. I am coming to such a great school. The way the team played together and carried them self when they were down was awesome to watch.

“Coach Bennett and the other coaches and trainers were the main factor why I came to UVA. I can’t wait to start training with [the Virginia staff].”

Salt’s basketball experience includes more than just his time at Westlake. He has played for New Zealand National team the Tall Blacks and the New Zealand Breakers, which is the country’s pro team. Salt has played for New Zealand’s Under 20 team and currently is playing with the Waikato Pistons of New Zealand’s NBL.

The opportunity to compete with and against older players has been beneficial.