Catching Up With Redshirt Freshman Jack Salt

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Salt in warmups during the NCAA Tournament in March of 2015.
Salt in warmups during the NCAA Tournament in March of 2015.

The physicality with which 6’11”, 250-pound redshirt freshman center Jack Salt plays is evident. Just ask his Cavalier teammates, Marial Shayok and Anthony Gill.

“I got hit by one of those this summer in a pick-up game,” Shayok said, referring to one of Salt’s screens on the offensive side of the court. “It’s not a good feeling. I’m glad he’s on my team.”

Gill said of Salt: “I definitely feel it when he bodies up. Luckily I’m not around and not getting those guard screens he sets on people. He’s a really physical guy. That’s what we need, though. He’s somebody down there that’s going to bang with the best of them. He’s going to help our team out a lot.”

After graduating from Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, New Zealand, Salt enrolled at the University of Virginia in June of 2014. While he didn’t gain any game experience while redshirting his true freshman season, the time he spent with head coach Tony Bennett and staff proved valuable.

“You just learn a lot. Don’t know as much because I’m not on the floor, but I still can observe and just see what kind of stuff coach is saying and how the players react and what I can do when I’m in there. It was definitely a big learning year last year,” Salt said, discussing how he has grown since he arrived on Grounds.

“(During the redshirt year) I just tried to get my overall