NEW YORK - The future of Virginia basketball looks bright because of Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell.
Of a 6-player recruiting class they were the only two who made it to the finish line. Harris is 11th on UVa's all-time scoring list. Mitchell is 7th in rebounding.
They wanted to be a part of establishing a foundation and in their four years UVa went from 16 wins to 22, to 23, and this year the Cavaliers finished 30-7 with an ACC regular season and tournament title.
Harris left his mark on and off the court. Sophomore Justin Anderson said Harris took him under his wing. "The many 8 a.m. breakfasts we've had, the many 11 p.m. dinners we had and come over and let's talk about it, stay positive. What he did for me, in particular was huge. He's a tremendous leader and Akil, his work ethic, his vocal ability to lead and those guys are very deserving," Anderson said following a Sweet 16 loss to Michigan State last month.
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