Tony Bennett, Joe Harris reap rewards of their faith in each other

Monday March 3rd, 2014
Joe Harris holds up his jersey before the Syracuse game that secured Virginia its first outright ACC title in 33 years.
Steve Helber/AP

In an era where players are less willing to forsake ego if it means being unable to impress NBA scouts, Harris' attitude is as refreshing as it is effective. Without it, his Senior Night could have turned out much differently. Harris is unsure how many friends and relatives from Chelan made it to Charlottesville for the big occasion, but he estimates it was somewhere around 50. It was quite the full circle moment. Four years ago, he left home. On Saturday, his home came to him. "It was an unbelievable feeling. I can't even describe it," Harris said on Sunday after apologizing for a hoarse voice. "It's extremely gratifying to see all the work we put in pay off like that."

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.