Athlete of the Issue: “Mr. 1,000” Chance Sheffey

Senior guard Chance Sheffey cemented himself as the newest member of the UVA Wise men’s basketball team to eclipse 1,000 career points earlier this season. On Feb. 5, the 23-year old Staunton, VA native went coast to coast against the Tusculum Pioneers and made a contested layup in front of the home crowd just six minutes into the second half. The basket gave him his 11th point of the night and 1,000th of his career.

A four-year starter, Sheffey has always had a passion for basketball and the grind that the sport entails.

“I started playing this game at 4 years old and it was love from there on out,” Sheffey said. “The way you can craft your game and the constant competitiveness is what really made me love the sport.”

Coaches, teammates and basketball fans in general can find Sheffey in a gym or on a court somewhere perfecting his craft, but outside of basketball, he takes time for himself as an everyday college student. Sheffey said he enjoys spending time with his teammates and friends off the court, as well as taking the edge off by relaxing and playing video games in his spare time. But like all student athletes, sports and academics take up a majority of his time.

An administration of justice major, Sheffey intends to work within his chosen field of study after graduation or when his basketball career comes to an end. Almost every athlete’s dream is to play at the highest level and be deemed professional. Sheffey has his sights set to hopefully play professionally overseas just like former teammate and fellow Highland Cavalier, Taiwo Badmus. Sheffey and the rest of the Cavalier men’s team play their final game of the season on the road against Coker College, where they hope to end their year on a high note.

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