Cav Players Among Finalists for Junior World Championship Team
May 30, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s basketball players Adam Hall and Chris Williams are among 16 finalists for the 1999 USA Basketball Men’s Junior World Championship Team. The finalists were selected after three days of trials (May 27-29) at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 12-man USA roster will be announced during the team’s training camp which is scheduled for July 2-11 in Tempe, Ariz. The team will compete in the FIBA Men’s Junior World Championship July 15-25 in Portugal.
Hall, a 6-5 guard/forward from Katy, Texas, averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds a game for Virginia as a freshman during the 1998-99 season. He played in all 30 of Virginia’s games, starting 17, and averaged 27.2 minutes of playing time a game. Hall was second on the team in steals with 49 (1.6 spg.) and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week once during the season. He was a member of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that won a gold medal in the Dominican Republic in July of 1998.
Williams, a 6-6 forward from Birmingham, Ala., was the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and a third-team All-ACC selection as a freshman in 1998-99. He also earned ACC first-team All-Freshman honors and was a second-team All-Freshman selection by Basketball News.
Williams averaged 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds a game for the Cavaliers. He led the team in field goal percentage (51.2 percent, 188-367) and rebounding, and he was second on the team in scoring and blocked shots (41, 1.4 bpg.). He established a UVa freshman single-game scoring record with 34 points against Liberty University and he was named the ACC Rookie of the Week four times during the 1998-99 season. Williams played in all 30 of UVa’s games and started 28.
The head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior World Championship Team is Rob Evans of Arizona State. He is assisted by Penn State head coach Jerry Dunn and Wake Forest head coach Dave Odom.