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May 16, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s head basketballcoachPete Gillen has announced the signing of 6-9 forward J.C. Mathis ofBrooklyn, N.Y., to a national letter of intent with Virginia.

Mathis averaged 17.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, four blocked shotsand3.5 assists a game for John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx duringthe1999-2000 season. He was a first-team All-City selection and ledKennedyto a 28-3 record, and both the Bronx championship and the Public SchoolsAthletic League (PSAL) title.

As a junior during the 1998-99 season, Mathis averaged 19points,11 rebounds and four blocked shots a game, and was a first-team All-Cityselection.

“We’re very excited that J.C. Mathis has decided to join ourbasketball family,” Gillen said. “J.C. is a versatile frontcourt playerwho has played in a very successful program and been well-coached by hisfather, Johnny, at John F. Kennedy High School. He will fit nicely inourstyle of play at Virginia.”

Mathis is the second student-athlete to sign a national letterofintent with the Virginia men’s basketball program during the 1999-2000academic year. Maurice Young, a 6-5 forward/guard from Mitchellville,Md.,signed a letter of intent with Virginia last November.

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