Staples Keeping Up With Success of Current 'Hoos

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Curtis Staples spends his time these days as the head coach of the Virginia Episcopal boy's basketball team in Lynchburg. But even though his work with the Bishops keeps him busy, the Virginia legend still has time to follow his alma mater.

Staples spoke about his time in a Virginia uniform and his assessment of the current Cavaliers after a win over the Miller School Thursday night.

"I'm enjoying watching UVA play this year," said Staples, the all-time leader in three-pointers at Virginia. "The guys are playing together, they're playing great defense. Coach Bennett has those guys playing very well together and it looks like they're believing in one another. They're doing great, I'm proud of them."

At 5-1 in the ACC, the Wahoos are off to their best start in league play since the 1995 team Staples was on. Those Cavaliers made a run all the way to the Elite Eight, falling to eventual National Runner-Up Arkansas.

Staples sees common similarities and traits from that team to the current one.

"Everyone spent a lot of time together, everyone was very close on our team. Everyone took everything personally and took accountability for their actions," Staples explained. "Guys wanted to win every game, there was not one person that didn't. So whatever it took, everybody did it individually so collectively we were successful, and I'm sure that's what's going on with our squad now."

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