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Chris Williams '02 Named to ACC Legends Roster

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Each year, the ACC names twelve ACC Basketball Tournament Legends to be honored at the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro at the ACC Basketball Legends Brunch. Representing Virginia on the 2011 roster is 2002 alumnus Chris Williams.

Power forward Chris Williams (1998-02) currently ranks No. 8 on Virginia's career scoring list. The 6-7 versatile Williams scored 1,812 points, shooting better than 50 percent from the field in each of his four seasons with the Cavaliers under then head coach Pete Gillen.

A four-year starter, he helped the Cavaliers compile a 70-49 record. The 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year, he also earned ACC All-Freshmen honors in 1999 and was a third-team All-ACC selection in both 1999 and 2001 and a second-team pick in 2000. In 1999 he led the Cavaliers in field goal percentage (.512) and rebounding (7.5). A year later in 2000, he led Virginia in scoring (15.5) and was second in rebounding. Prior to the start of this season, he was still tied for third in steals (189), and ranked seventh in rebounding (786), field goals made (650) and blocked shots (97) on Virginia's career lists.

Following his collegiate career, Williams played for the Sydney Kings in Australia, where he was a major factor in helping the Kings winning their first ever championship, and where he was awarded the league's MVP. He then moved to the Euroleague, where he led in 2004-05 in steals with 2.8 per game playing for the Frankfurt Skyliners. He had won the German championship with Frankfurt in 2004. From 2005 to 2007 he played in Korea for Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, and afterwards, currently played for Qingdao DoubleStar in CBA, China.

In China, Williams produced the second ever quadruple-double in CBA history, finishing the game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 steals. Qingdao won the game 122-103.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., he currently lives in Hoover, Ala.

The ACC Basketball Legends Brunch will be held on Saturday, March 12 beginning at 10 a.m. Hosted by television personalities Tim Brant and Mike Hogewood, the ACC Men's Basketball Legends Brunch will be held in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets, priced at $35 each and tables of ten for $350 each.

The rest of the Legends are as follows:

2011 ACC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT LEGENDS ROSTER

Name

School

Years

Position

Hometown (Current Hometown)

Michael Adams  

Boston College

1982-85

Guard

Hartford, Conn. (Bowie, Md.)

Greg Buckner

Clemson

1995-98

Guard

Hopkinsville, Ky. (Carrollton, Texas)

Steve Vacendak

Duke

1964-66

Guard

Scranton, Pa. (Raleigh, N.C.)

Hugh Durham

Florida State

1966-78

Head Coach

Louisville, Ky. (Jacksonville, Fla.)

John Salley

Georgia Tech

1983-86

Forward

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Len Elmore

Maryland

1972-74

Center

Springfield Garden, N.Y. (New York. N.Y.)

Eric Brown

Miami

1985-89

Forward

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Homestead, Fla.)

Bill Guthridge

North Carolina

1998-00

Head Coach

Parsons, Kan. (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Thurl Bailey

NC State

1980-83

Forward

Seat Pleasant, Md. (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Chris Williams

Virginia

1998-02

Forward

Birmingham, Ala. (Hoover, Ala.)

Wayne Robinson

Virginia Tech

1977-80

Forward

Greensboro, N.C.  (same)

Robert O'Kelley

Wake Forest

1998-01

Guard

Memphis, Tenn. (same)