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Aug. 2, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Keith Friel of the University of Virginia men’s basketball team is a member of the 10-man 1999 Nike NIT All-Star Team that leaves Thursday (August 5) on a 13-day tour of Austria and the Czech Republic. The team is scheduled to play 10 games during the trip, including a game against the Czech National Under 20 Team, before returning on August 18.

Friel, a 6-4 guard from Durham, N.H., did not play in a game for Virginia during the 1998-99 season after transferring from Notre Dame. He lettered twice for the Fighting Irish, and averaged 8.9 points and 2.0 rebounds a game as a sophomore during the 1997-98 season. Friel led Notre Dame in three-point field goal percentage (46.4 percent, 45-97) and three-point field goals made (45) in 1997-98.

Other members of the Nike NIT All-Star Team are Adam Allenspach (Clemson), Nate Althoff (Utah), Erick Barkley (St. John’s), Jason Harris (Fordham), Kris Lang (North Carolina), Brian Lynch (Villanova), Chris Porter (Auburn), Etan Thomas (Syracuse) and Loren Woods (Arizona).

The team began its training camp at Manhattan College on Sunday (August 1). Former Manhattan College and New York Nets standout George Bucci is the head coach of the team. Bucci is assisted by former Manhattan head coach Jack Powers.

“This is our 21st trip abroad,” said National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Executive Director John J. Powers. “It is a great opportunity for the student-athletes to improve their game, while at the same time exposing them to different cultures. It truly is a great educational vehicle.”

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