To Brian O’Connor’s right was one of his top sluggers, a regular to this stage. To his left was his most versatile player, an experienced face in front of a camera. But to O’Connor’s far left was a quiet relief pitcher, a bright-eyed newbie to the interview room.
Virginia’s Sunday night postgame scene featured O’Connor, the Cavaliers’ coach for 10 years, seated next to designated hitter Derek Fisher and shortstop Nick Howard. Though only sophomores, this duo was hardly in an unfamiliar position. Their individual performances had led to plenty of media opportunities throughout their two seasons.