Men's Hoops Standouts Selected to All-State Team
May 13, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia freshman forward Chris Williams is a first-team selection and sophomore guard Donald Hand a second-team selection to the 1999 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) Division I Men’s Basketball All-State Team.
The first team is comprised of George Evans and Jason Miskiri of George Mason University, Cal Bowdler (Old Dominion University), Charles Stephens (University of Richmond) and Williams. Members of the second team include Bo Jones and LaMar Taylor of Virginia Commonwealth University, Jason Bell (Virginia Military Institute), Eddie Lucas (Virginia Tech) and Hand. Evans was named the VaSID Division I Player of the Year and George Mason’s Jim Larranaga was selected the Division I Head Coach of the Year.
Williams, from Birmingham, Ala., was the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and a third-team All-ACC selection 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) in addition to 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.
Hand, from Paterson, N.J., was an honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after leading the Cavaliers in scoring (17.1 ppg.), assists (123, 4.1 apg.), steals (57, 1.9 spg.), free throw percentage (162-188, .862), three-point field goals (50) and minutes played (34.9 mpg.) during the 1998-99 season. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds a game and scored a career-high 41 points in an 82-79 overtime victory over North Carolina State at University Hall. His 41 points were the most by a Virginia player since Barry Parkhill set the school record with 51 points against Baldwin-Wallace during the 1971-72 season, and were the most by an ACC player last season. Hand was one of Virginia’s tri-captains.