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March 2, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — University of Virginia freshman Chris Williams is a third-team selection to the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Team and sophomore Donald Hand is an honorable mention selection. Williams is the only freshman on the three teams comprising the 1999 All-ACC Team.

A 6-6 forward from Birmingham, Ala., Williams leads the Virginia team in rebounding and field goal percentage, and is second on the team in scoring and blocked shots. He is averaging 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, while shooting 51.4 percent (181-352) from the field and 73.2 percent (93-127) from the free throw line. He also has 55 assists, 45 steals and 41 blocked shots in 29 games.

Hand, a 5-11 guard from Paterson, N.J., leads the Cavaliers in scoring, assists, steals and free throw percentage. He is averaging 17.2 points a game, and has 119 assists and 54 steals in 29 games. He has made 155 of 179 free throw attempts (86.6 percent) to lead the ACC in that department. Hand is also averaging 4.9 rebounds a game.

The 1999 All-ACC first team is comprised of Elton Brand and Trajan Langdon of Duke, Steve Francis and Terence Morris of Maryland, and Ademola Okulaja of North Carolina. The second team includes William Avery (Duke), Terrell McIntyre (Clemson), Ed Cota (North Carolina), Jason Collier (Georgia Tech) and Robert O’Kelley (Wake Forest). Joining Williams on the third team are Shane Battier and Chris Carrawell of Duke, Ron Hale (Florida State) and Laron Profit (Maryland).

Virginia plays Duke in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday (March) in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday’s game is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.

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