Hall and Williams Named to USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Team
July 8, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s basketball players Adam Hall and Chris Williams have been named to the final 12-man roster for the 1999 USA Basketball Men’s Junior World Championship Team. The final roster was announced on Thursday (July 8). The 16 finalists for the team have been training at Arizona State University since July 3.
The team departs for Portugal on Friday (July 9) where it will compete in the 16-team FIBA Men’s Junior World Championship July 15-25.
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.
In its five previous FIBA Men’s Junior World Championship appearances, the USA has compiled a 31-8 (.795) record that includes three gold medals and one silver medal. The USA won gold medals in 1979, 1983 and 1991, earned a silver medal in 1987 and finished seventh in 1995.