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Oct. 25, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Guards Donald Hand and Keith Friel, and forward Chris Williams have been elected captains of the 2000-01 University of Virginia men’s basketball team by their teammates.

Hand, a senior from Paterson, N.J., is the first Virginia men’s basketball player to serve as a team captain for three consecutive years. He served as a team co-captain last season and as a tri-captain in 1998-99.

Hand earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 1999-00. He led last year’s team in assists (133, 4.3 apg.), three-point field goals (51), free throws made (137) and free throws attempted (183). He ranked second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg.) and minutes played (30.7 mpg.), and third in steals (38).

Hand enters the 2000-01 season ranked sixth on Virginia’s career list for three-point field goals made (119), eighth on UVa’s career assists list (355) and 30th on the Cavaliers’ career scoring list (1,122 points).

Friel, from Durham, N.H., played in all 31 games for the Cavaliers last season, averaging 5.8 points a game. He led the team in three-point field goal shooting percentage (45-109, 41.3 percent) and in free throw shooting percentage (27-30, 90.0 percent). He transferred to UVa from Notre Dame before the beginning of the 1998 fall semester and sat out the 1998-99 season.

Friel received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UVa in May of 2000 and is competing this season as a graduate student.

Williams, a junior from Birmingham, Ala., was also a second-team All-ACC selection last season when he led Virginia in scoring (15.5 ppg.), steals (51) and minutes played (32.2 mpg.). He ranked fourth in the ACC last season in field goal percentage (173-341, 50.7 percent), tied for seventh in steals and 10th in scoring. Williams needs just 16 points to become the 34th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Virginia plays two exhibition games at University Hall during the 2000-01 preseason practice period. The Cavaliers play the London Leopards on November 4 (2:00 p.m.) and host the Nantucket Nectars on November 12 (1:00 p.m.).

UVa opens its 2000-01 regular season schedule on November 17 at University Hall against Long Island University. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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