My name is Gray Ellington and I want to formally thank @JusAnderson1 , @TyJerome, Mark Jerome, @hoostw and @kodiecritzer for bringing me onboard the Locker Room Access team about a month ago. This is an incredible opportunity for me as a fan after starting @wahoops_ on Instagram under 3 years ago and starting the Wahoops Podcast only 5 months ago. It’s amazing for me that they took notice of what I was doing on IG and wanted me to be a part of the LRA team. I’m eager for Football season to get going and of course Basketball season shortly thereafter. I’m a lifelong UVA fan and a 2016 Media Studies graduate. A few weeks ago, I got to meet up with a few members of our team @hoostw, JA, and Mark Jerome at Justins youth camp in Fredericksburg. It was great having some of the team together, since most of us are remote from each other. We were able to strategize for and conduct 3 interviews with Justin, Teven and a former Duke player…and we got to enjoy an incredible meal prepared by Justins mother. It was funny and exciting listening to Teven Jones and Justin tell stories about past UVA teams and the BRIGHT FUTURE ahead for Virginia Basketball and Athletics. We want the Locker Room Access website and original content to be a part of that future and we also hope that our gear will become a part of the “fabric” of the UVA community and its fans. On Locker Room Access, we want to go beyond W/L’s and Championships…and bring you stories, interviews, analysis and banter on this incredible program.
Over the past 2 seasons, Virginia Basketball wrote the greatest redemption story in the history of College Basketball. It will forever be a staple of UVA Sports lore. We were able to breakthrough and win the 2019 National Championship, elevating our beloved program to new heights. Since then we have won a Lacrosse National Championship, Malcom signed a 80+ million dollar contract with the Pacers, won the Capital One Cup for Men’s Sports/were honored at the ESPY’s, JPJ hosted the NBAPA Top 100 Camp, we saw 3 of our former women’s soccer players win a World Cup, had 3 players drafted in the NBA - including lottery #4 pick - Dre Hunter, Joe Harris is vying for a spot on the USA National Team and was joined in Brooklyn by KD and Kyrie, we got a few huge basketball commitments and now Virginia Football…is favored to win the ACC Coastal…the Final Frontier of UVA Athletics…I believe we have a great chance to win the Coastal and win 10 games for the 2nd time in school history. A lot of that will depend on the health of the team and especially the health of Bryce Perkins. Exciting times for Virginia Sports, follow along here and on @wahoops_ on Instagram.
I’m excited to bring my passion, creativity, expertise and vision to the Locker Room Access Team as the Content Manager. I will be sharing my IG posts and constantly updating the message board with content, breaking news and banter. Look out for more from the wahoops podcast as our team will continue to interview current players, former players, media members and perhaps some super fans down the road. My favorite parts about running the wahoops instagram account:
- Giving away tickets or operating as a ticket exchange. Love giving people the opp to see a game.
- Being able to interact with younger fans, which I do regularly. Sharing my knowledge to them.
- The breaking news aspect and constantly being on the lookout for stories and updates.
- Showing passion and putting detail and creativity into the writing/captions.
- Being able to interact with players through podcast or having them interact with my content on IG.
- Doing giveaways and other creative contests to drive engagement.
I also want to welcome @HoozGotNext to the team and thank him for inspiring me to formally announce myself as part of the Locker Room Access Team on the site. Make sure to look out for an episode with the recruiting guru - Hooz Got Next on the Wahoops Podcast in the next few weeks.
Through video content, podcasts, message board’s, gear, recruiting updates, philanthropy, athlete alumni updates, and other creative content…we have you covered. This is your locker room access pass to everything Virginia Basketball…and beyond. lockerroomaccess.com is MOBILE FRIENDLY and super easy to use.
Welcome!! We are excited and grateful you have joined us on the site!
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