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May 9, 2000

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Virginia men’s basketballplayer Chris Williams is among 30 players invited to compete forpositionson the 2000 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men QualifyingTeam. The trials are scheduled for May 26-28 at the United StatesOlympicTraining Center in Colorado Springs.

Williams, a 6-7 forward from Birmingham, Ala., led Virginia inscoring (15.5 ppg.), steals (51) and minutes played (32.3 mpg.) as asophomore in 1999-2000. He was second on the team in rebounding (6.1rpg.), three-point field goal percentage (34-93, 36.6 percent), blockedshots (20), free throws made (99) and free throws attempted (142), andranked third on the team in field goal percentage (173-341, 50.7percent)and assists (60). He finished the season ranked fourth in the AtlanticCoast Conference (ACC) in field goal percentage, tied for seventh instealsand tenth in scoring.

Williams was a second-team All-ACC selection, an All-Seaboardselection by Basketball Times and an All-District selection by theUnitedStates Basketball Writers Association.

Williams was a member of the 1999 USA Basketball Men’s JuniorWorldChampionship Team that earned a silver medal at the FIBA Men’s JuniorWorldChampionship in Portugal. He averaged 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds agameduring the competition, and established a tournament record for the USAwith 12 blocked shots.

The head coach of the USA Basketball World Championship forYoungMen Qualifying Team is Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University. He will beassisted by University of Houston head coach Ray McCallum and HofstraUniversity head coach Jay Wright. The team will compete in the 2000COPABAWorld Championship for Young Men Qualifying Tournament July 19-23 inRiberao Preto, Brazil.

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