Team of Destiny: Jerry Ratcliffe, Chris Graham book to chronicle UVA Basketball National Championship

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is now available at a special pre-sale discounted price of $20. The book is expected to ship by May 15, 2019, and expected to retail for $25.


The book, with additional reporting by Scott Ratcliffe and Zach Pereles, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Jerry Ratcliffe is the dean of the UVA sports media, having covered the ‘Hoos and ACC basketball for 45 years.

The four-time Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Ratcliffe is also the author of The University of Virginia Football Vault: The History of the Cavaliers, published in 2008.

“Hootie” is now the editor of the popular and the host of “The Jerry Ratcliffe Show,” which airs on Saturdays at 9 a.m. on ESPN Charlottesville, 102.9 FM.

Chris Graham has covered UVA athletics since 1995. A 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, he is also the co-author of Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, a historical review of the famed former home of UVA basketball, published in 2006.

Graham is the editor of, which launched in 2002, and a play-by-play broadcaster covering college baseball and college football for ESPN3 and ESPN+.

Scott Ratcliffe has covered UVA Athletics for more than a decade, and has been a correspondent for publications including the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Daily News, Charlotte Observer, Newport News Daily Press, Raleigh News & Observer, and Tulsa World, among others.

Zach Pereles covers UVA basketball for AFP. A 2018 graduate of Northwestern University, he covered Northwestern’s football and men’s basketball teams from 2014-2018, a run that included him covering Northwestern’s first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. He has also written for Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated, and he recently completed a season as a digital media contributor for the Denver Broncos.


  1. Larry Hunt says:

    How do I pre order?

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