Terry Gates shares stories of Lamp, Raker, Jones & Sampson on Saturday’s show

jr logoTerry Gates, who played for Virginia from 1978-79 to 1980-81, will be the featured guest on the “Jerry Ratcliffe Show” on Saturday morning.

Gates will talk about how UVA coach Terry Holland and staff pulled off one of the greatest recruiting coups in college basketball when Holland managed to lure four Kentuckians to Charlottesville, pulling them out of the shadows of Joe B. Hall at Kentucky and Denny Crum at Louisville, not to mention Bobby Knight of nearby Indiana.

We’re talking about Jeff Lamp, Lee Raker and Gates, all out of Ballard High School in Louisville, plus their coach Richard Schmidt, and Jeff Jones from just down the road. The four went on to help build Virginia into a national power with a little help from a 7-foot-4 guy named Ralph Sampson, and others.

Gates will share stories from that era of Virginia basketball and talk about playing alongside those Wahoo stars.

The show airs Saturday morning from 7-8 a.m. on WINA Radio (AM 1070, FM 98.9) and is also streaming at wina.com, so anyone with a computer can listen in. A repeat of the show airs on ESPN-Charlottesville from 9-10 a.m. (102.9 FM).

If you miss the shows, it will be podcasted on this site sometime over the weekend where you can find an archive of Jerry Ratcliffe Shows, including last week’s very popular interview with Isaac McKneely, UVA’s No. 1 recruiting target for the 2022 class. McKneely is a four-star combo guard out of Poca, W.Va., who committed to the Cavaliers two weeks ago.



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