I thought so too. So, I went down that rabbit hole. At least as far back as 1980. This is the home state/country of every UVA basketball player from 1980 that had a roster spot. From stars to walk-ons, to team managers. Even the one hit wonder from Tennessee. I went with home towns rather than high schools when I could. If a kid from Alabama goes to Oak Hill, you’re pulling him away from friends and family in Alabama, not a school in east bum f*** Va. I got most of them from the Virginia Sports website, so any errors are theirs, not mine. The only one I really question is Jeff Lamp. He’s a little before my time. I know he’s “from” Kentucky but he’s listed as born in Minnesota…so I listed him as Minnesota. Besides, if we’re trying to mark our territory in as many states as we can, he’s our only post 1980 Minnesota rep. I guess I just could have listed state totals rather than every player, but this way, if I’m wrong (and anyone actually reads all of this) maybe we can mark another state off the list. Feel free to add any pre 1980 players that you know.
This may be of interest to no one, and that’s fine. It was interesting to me. There was a Yellowstone marathon on, and I had nothing to do but try and keep the dogs calm during night #2 of what will be at least a three day fireworks binge.
Feel free to correct any mistakes I made and forgive any misspellings. I’m awful at it. But that’s OK. Einstein had the I before E rule wrong in his name. Twice.
32 states down, 18 to go.
VA (67) Ralph Sampson, Othell Wilson, Ricky Stokes, Kenton Edelin, Louis Collins, Doug Newburg, Ken Lambiotte, Anthony Solomon, Darrick Simms, Tom Calloway, Tim Martin, Richard Morgan, Mark Cooke, Ron Price, Bryant Stith, Matt Nichols, Terry Kirby, Jon Havey, Cornel Parker, Corey Stewart, Cory Alexander, Yuri Barnes, Jason Williford, Bobby Graves, Maurice Watkins, Rock Mitchell, Harold Deane, Curtis Staples, Percy Ellsworth, Mike Curtis, Martin Walton, Colin Ducharme, Brandon Lloyd, Marcus Martin, Jason Rogers, Elton Brown, Jason Clark, Greg Harrell-Edge, Rob Williams, J.R. Reynolds, Hank Nacey, Mike Forkin, Tryshan Ravenell, Drew Shiembob, Andy Burns, Damin Altizer, Calvin Baker, Mike Scott, Jeff Jones Jr., Jontel Evans, Tristan Spurlock, Doug Browman, Thomas Kody, Thomas Rogers, Rob Vozenilek, Justin Anderson, Maleek Frazier, Devon Hall, B.J. Stith, Nigel Johnson, Austin Katstra, Grant “100%” Kersey, Jayden Nixon, Chase Coleman, Matt Palumbo, Malachi Poindexter, Chris McGahren
NY (22) Jim Runcie, Rick Carlisle, Mel Kennedy, John Johnson, Brent Dabbs, Jamal Robinson, WIllie Dersch, Greg Lyons, Cade Lemke, Jason Dowling, Majestic Mapp, J.C. Mathis, Gary Forbes, Will Harris, Ryan Pettinella, Will Sherrill, Sylvan Landesberg, Tom Jonke, Will Regan, Mike Tobey, Ty Jerome, Ryan Dunn.
NC (16) Anthony Oliver, Junior Burrogh, Chase Matheney, Robert Lodge, Donte Miller, Akil Mitchell, Teven Jones, Caid Kirven, Anthony Gill, Jay Huff, Braxton Key, Kid Transfer, Trey Murphy, Kadin Shedrick, Carson McCorkle, Jayden Gardner
NJ (11) Craig Robinson, Tim Mullen, Dan Merrifield, John Crotty, Derrick Johnson, Chris Alexander, Peter McLaughlin, Donald Hand, Todd Billet, Trevon Gross, Jabri Abdur Rahim
MD (10) Kenny Johnson, Ted Jeffries, Mike Powell, Mark Bogosh, Norman Nolan, Daryl Presley, Maurice Young, Keith Jenifer, Mamadi Diane, Casey Morsell.
GA (8) Blair Ford, Scott Johnson, Chezley Watson, Billy Campbell, Malcolm Brogdon, Evan Nolte, Isaiah Wilkins, Justice Bartley.
TX (7) Tom Sheehey, Lance Blanks, Adam Hall, Travis Watson, David Noel, Angus Mitchell, Marco Anthony.
TN (7) John Dyslin, Some Random LRA poster guy, Shawn Wilson, Derrick Byars, Vince Redd, Darius Thompson, Austin Nichols.
PA (6) Matt Blundin, Jason Cain, Sean Singletary, Matt Deasey, Sammy Zeglinski, Deandre Hunter.
CA (6) Monte Marcaccini, Jermaine Harper, Nick Vander Laan, James Johnson, London Perrantes, Kihei Clark.
WI (5) Rob Metcalf, Paul Jesperson, Sam Hauser, Ben Vander Plas, Leon Bond.
IN (5) Jeff Daniel, Kenny Turner, Jamil Tucker, Kyle Guy, Armaan Franklin.
MA (4) Curtis Williams, Todd Gates, Chris Havlicek, Jarred Reuter.
KY (4) Lee Raker, Jeff Jones, Terry Gates, Taylor Barnette.
OH (3) Lewis Lattimore, Jeff Klein, Bill Batts.
LA (3) Dean Carpenter, Jerome Meyinsse, Reece Beekman.
FL (3) Wingo Smith, Kris Hunter, T.J. Bannister
CT (3) Courtney Alexander, Josh Hare, Bret Gladstone.
IL (3) Raliegh Harbour, Bob McCormick, Mustapha Farrakhan.
WV (2) Jim Miller, Isaac McKneely
DE (2) Bernie Floriani, Devin Smith
AL (2) Chris Williams, K.T. Harrell.
IA (1) Brent Bair
KN (1) Dirk Katstra
MN (1) Jeff Lamp
NH (1) Keith Friel
MO (1) John Brandenburg
WA (1) Joe Harris
RI (1) Billy Baron
NE (1) Isaac Traudt
ID (1) Blake Buchanan
MI (1) Kevin Moore
DC (1) Roger Mason Jr
Australia (2) Craig McAndrew, Kody Stattmann
New Zealand (2) Jack Salt, Taine Murray
Nigeria (2) Solomon Tat, Tunji Soroye
Italy (2) Francisco Badocchi, Tomas Woldetensae
Haiti (1) Olden Polynice
Jamaica (1) Andrew Kennedy
France (1) Stephane Dondon
Trinidad And Tobago (1) Adrian Joseph
Lithuania (1) Laurynas Mikalauskas
Senegal (1) Assane Sene
Canada (1) Marial Shayok
Guinea (1) Mamadi Diakite
Argentina (1) Francisco Caffaro
Croatia (1) Igor Milicic
Couldn’t Find (1) Taylor McGowan
All this is the very long and very unnecessary way of saying, yes. Yes he is. At least since 1980.