Although Jay Huff has yet to appear in a basketball game at Virginia, the redshirt freshman forward will soon be embarking on his second trip to Europe while representing the school.
Huff was part of UVA’s tour of Spain last August. Now he’s one of 10 players from around the country who will leave next week for a 13-day visit to the Czech Republic and Poland with the Christian organization Athletes in Action.
Huff talked about the opportunity as the guest on CBS19’s “Jay James on Faith” segment this week.
“I think it will be good to actually go somewhere and do something with my faith over the summer,” Huff said. “Similar to like back in the day, like a church camp.”
The seven-footer from North Carolina spent his first college basketball season on the UVA bench while redshirting. Huff said the idea to take part in the Athletes in Action trip came from UVA assistant Brad Soderberg.
“He said all of the coaches thought it would be a great playing experience, as well as a faith experience. Because I redshirted this year, so it would be good to get in-game experience,” Huff explained. “So it seemed like a good idea.”
The trip includes two games against the U20 Czech National Team on May 28-29, and three against the Belarus National Team on June 2-4. It also visits to high schools and a mini-clinic in Warsaw, Poland.
Huff sees the tour as a chance to use basketball as a vehicle for his servanthood — one of the five pillars that Tony Bennett has built his UVA program upon.
“Basketball has been huge for me to be able to share my faith with people, and I still want to be able to do that more so,” he said. “Hopefully, this coming year I’ll be able to play more, and that will give me a better platform, a bigger platform to share my faith with God, because that’s what’s important.”