WORTH NOTING: Joins Keith Friel and Chris Williams as one of Virginia’s 2000-01 tri-captains ... team co-captain last season and team tri-captain in 1998-99 ... first men’s basketball player in school history to serve as a team captain for three consecutive years ... second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the 1999-2000 season ... co-recipient (with Chris Williams) of the Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award as UVa’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season in 1999-2000 ... became the 33rd player in Virginia men’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points on Feb. 5, 2000, against Duke ... currently ranks 30th on UVa’s career scoring list with 1,122 points ... eighth on Virginia’s career assists list with 355 and sixth on the three-point field goals list (119) ... led the team with career-high totals in assists (133, 4.3 apg) and three-point field goals (51) last season ... has led Virginia in assists the last three seasons ... second among all ACC players in free throws made (124) and attempted (168) during the 1999-2000 regular season ... one of the most improved players in the ACC and perhaps the country during the 1998-99 season ... a quick ball-handler who is adept at penetrating and dishing the ball off, he excels in the open court ... blossomed under head coach Pete Gillen’s up-tempo style of play ... prior to the 1997-98 season, former Cavalier sharpshooter Curtis Staples said Hand would be an outstanding point guard and it looks as if he was correct ... was UVa’s first sophomore captain in more than 70 years in 1998-99 ... started all 30 games at point guard in 1998-99 ... led the Cavaliers in scoring (17.1 ppg), assists (123, 4.1 apg), steals (57), free throw shooting (86.2 percent), and three-pointers (50) ... top free throw shooter in the ACC that season ... led the Cavaliers in steals for the second consecutive season in 1998-99 ... his 57 steals represent the third highest single-season total at Virginia ... scored a career-high 41 points in an 82-79 overtime victory over North Carolina State at University Hall on Feb. 14, 1999 ... his 41 points were the most scored by a Virginia player since Barry Parkhill established the school record with 51 points against Baldwin-Wallace during the 1971-72 season ... achieved first career “double-double” vs. Wake Forest on Feb. 3, 1999 by leading the team in scoring (25 points) and rebounding (11 boards) ... in an historical oddity, the 5-11 Hand became the first Cavalier under six feet to grab at least 10 rebounds in almost 40 years … Tony Laquintano (5-11) pulled down 10 boards vs. William & Mary on Dec. 29, 1960 ... in 1997-98 he became the latest in a series of UVa freshmen to start at point guard in recent years (joining Cory Alexander and Harold Deane) ... finished third in school history in assists by a freshman (99) and sixth all-time in steals by a rookie (37) ... finished second among ACC rookies in 1997-98 in assists, tied for fifth in steals and tied for sixth in starts (21) ... scored in double figures three times during UVa’s six-game European tour in August of 2000 ... posted a “double-double” with 17 points and 10 assists in a 116-72 win over Sceaux (pronounced “so”) BBC of France in the final game of the tour ... scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and had four assists in a 110-73 victory over the Antwerp Junior team in Deume, Belgium ... posted 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in the first game of the trip, a 98-77 win over TSK Bamberg in Nordhalben, Germany.
HONORS: 1999-00—All-ACC second-team ... All-Tournament team, Puerto Rico Shootout ... ACC Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 31) following games against Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Wake Forest ... first-team All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... co-recipient of the Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award as UVa’s most valuable player (team award) . . . received team award for most assists (133 assists, 4.3 apg). 1998-99—Honorable mention All-ACC … second-team All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch … second-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) … named to the Top of the World Classic All-Tournament Team ... co-recipient of Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year award as UVa’s most valuable player (team award) … received team award for best free throw shooting percentage (162-188, 86.2 percent) … received team award for most assists (123, 4.1 apg).
AT VIRGINIA: 1999-00— Team co-captain with Willie Dersch ... second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection . . . named to the All-Tournament Team at the Puerto Rico Shootout after averaging 19.3 points a game in Virginia’s games with South Carolina, Providence, and Arizona State . . . named the ACC Co-Player of the Week after scoring 60 points and totaling 11 assists in Virginia’s victories over Virginia Tech (Jan. 24), Florida State (Jan. 26), and Wake Forest (Jan. 30) . . . scored a game-high 21 points in the overtime victory over Virginia Tech . . . scored a season-high 28 points in an 86-81 victory over Florida State (Jan. 26) . . . very quick player who handles the ball and gets the offense started . . . became the 33rd player in Virginia men’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points on Feb. 5 against Duke . . . currently ranks 30th on UVa’s career scoring list with 1,122 points . . . is eighth on Virginia’s career assists list with 355 and sixth on the three-point field goals made list with 119 . . . had the third double-double of his career and the first in points and assists when he totaled 15 points and 11 assists in a victory at Hampton University (Dec. 10) . . . second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg.), and led the team in assists (133, 4.3 apg.) and three-point field goals (51) . . . second among all ACC players in free throws made (124) and attempted (168) during the regular season . . . scored 20 or more points eight times to tie for the team lead. 1998-99— The only Cavalier to start all 30 games … team captain with Willie Dersch and Colin Ducharme despite being just a sophomore … was UVa’s first sophomore captain in more than 70 years … very quick player who handles the ball and gets the offense started … saw his scoring increase to 17.1 ppg, tops on the team and sixth in the ACC … the 12.4 ppg jump over the previous season is the second best increase in school history … Bill Gerry’s average jumped 13.2 ppg in 1969-70 … one of the few point guards in the ACC with scoring and ball distribution responsibilities … led Virginia in scoring 12 times and in assists 18 times … had 11 20-point games to lead the team and finish with the third most 20 point games in the ACC … 41-point outburst vs. N.C. State was ACC high … led the ACC in free throw shooting … hit at an 86.2 percent clip … made a run at eclipsing Jeff Lamp’s school record for free throw shooting … Lamp made 86.5 percent of his free throws in 1980-81 … extremely adept at getting to the line ... tied for third in the ACC in free throws attempted … made it to the line at least 10 times on seven occasions … made 162 of 188 free throws … second in the ACC in free throws made … made a run at the school record for accuracy in a game against VMI in December … made his first 13 attempts before missing and finished 15 of 16 from the line … had two streaks of 22 consecutive free throws made …led the team with 123 assists (4.1 apg was eighth in the ACC) and steals with 57 (tied for fifth in the ACC) … his 57 steals are third in school history and the most since Jeff Jones had 56 in 1980-81 ... outstanding rebounder, too, despite being very slight of build … averaged 4.8 rpg, tied for first with Georgia Tech’s Jason Floyd among ACC guards … his rebounding average is third among UVa guards in the last 40 years (tied for most by a point guard) … got off to a hot start by scoring a then career-high 24 points in the opener vs. VCU … made 10 of 11 free throws in that game … scored 17 points vs. nationally-ranked Arkansas in the Top of the World Classic in Alaska … scored 23 points and tied his career high with five steals vs. Washington State in the final game in Alaska … 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Hampton in the home opener … tossed in 21 points vs. Elon and connected on four three-pointers in that game … 22 points and six assists vs. Liberty … made 15 of 16 free throw attempts en route to scoring 23 points vs. VMI just before Christmas … made his first 13 attempts vs. the Keydets before he missed … scored 24 points against Duke in Durham to lead Virginia … held to eight points in a win over Clemson, but bounced back to top his career high at the time with 27 points in a key ACC win over Clemson … made six of 10 three-point attempts and all seven free throw tries to pace the Cavaliers … scored 22 points to help the team end a two-year ACC road losing streak with a win over Florida State in Tallahassee on Jan. 30 ... was relatively quiet in the first half against the Seminoles, but erupted in the second, scoring 16 of his 22 points after intermission ... buried four three-pointers in the final 20 minutes, including a clutch triple from the right corner that gave Virginia the lead for good (56-54) with 4:03 to play … two free throws at the 1:46 mark pushed the lead to seven (61-54) as UVa held off the homestanding Seminoles 67-60 … turned in a similar performance against Wake Forest in the next game … was held in check in the first half (six points), before catching fire in the second half, scoring 19 points after the break … his lone three-pointer of the night came with 16:49 to play and provided UVa with the lead for good … made all 12 free throw attempts in the second half to account for most of his 19 points and keep Wake Forest at bay … in addition to leading the team with 25 points, he also led in rebounds with 11 for his first career “double double” ... in an historical oddity, the 5-11 Hand became the first Cavalier under six feet to grab at least 10 rebounds in almost 40 years … Tony Laquintano pulled down 10 boards vs. William & Mary on Dec. 29, 1960 … scored 16 points vs. Maryland, making all four three-point tries … also had seven assists vs. the Terps … held to eight points by #1 Duke on Feb. 11, but erupted for a career-high 41 points in an overtime win over N.C. State on Valentine’s Day … the day was special for him because his mother was in attendance … scored 24 points in a perfect first half … made all seven field goal attempts (including five three-pointers) and all five free throw tries in the opening 20 minutes … had 34 points at the end of regulation and scored seven of UVa’s 11 points in overtime … made another run at free throw perfection, making his first 13 attempts before missing in the final seconds of overtime …was held to a season-low two points at Clemson on Feb. 17 … scored 15 points against North Carolina on Feb. 20 and had seven assists … closed the regular season with another outstanding performance against Georgia Tech on Feb. 25, but wasn’t able to lead the Cavaliers to victory in an overtime contest … led all players with 28 points and 13 rebounds … also led Virginia with four assists … hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime … had 15 points vs. #1 Duke in the ACC Tournament. 1997-98—As a freshman point guard led the Cavaliers in steals (37, 1.2/g) and tied for first in assists (99, 3.3/g) … was one of two starting freshman point guards in the ACC (with Travis Spivey of Georgia Tech) ... struggled with his shooting touch all season (32.9 percent from the field) ... started the season opener against Richmond on Nov. 16, but did not score … did not start the next four games before returning to the lineup for the ACC opener against Duke on Dec. 6 … came off the bench for three games before returning to the starting lineup against Nebraska in the first round of the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii after Christmas … started the next 17 games before returning to the bench against Clemson on Feb. 21 … his assists improved in conference play as he averaged 3.8 apg to lead the team in conference games … led the Cavaliers in assists 12 times … scored 10 points and had five rebounds against Delaware on Nov. 25 … had eight assists against Appalachian State on Dec. 2 … scored 14 points in a win against BYU on Dec. 29 in the Rainbow Classic … connected on three of five shots from three-point range in that game … assisted on seven baskets against Georgia Tech on Jan. 15 and on six buckets the next time the two teams met on February 14 … had a career-high five steals in 22 minutes of action against Clemson on Jan. 20 … dished out nine assists against #1 Duke on Jan. 24 … pulled down eight rebounds against Maryland on Feb. 1 … scored 11 points, had four rebounds and three assists against Florida State on Feb. 4 … came off the bench for the first time since before Christmas against Clemson and turned in several key plays in helping lead the Cavaliers to a 78-74 overtime win over the visiting Tigers on Feb. 21 … re-entered the game with 4:15 left in regulation and Virginia trailing 60-55 …less than a minute after returning to the floor he converted a steal into an uncontested lay-up to cut the lead to 60-57 … with 13.3 seconds left on the clock he assisted on Curtis Staples’ long three-pointer that drew Virginia to within one at 67-66 … Staples made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime … Hand started the overtime period and turned in perhaps the biggest series of plays of his young career in the final 30 seconds of overtime … with 28.4 seconds remaining in overtime and Virginia clinging to a slim 75-74 lead, Norman Nolan missed two free throws that would have padded the Cavaliers’ lead … Colin Ducharme tipped the second miss out and Hand chased it down to retain possession for the Cavaliers … Hand passed the ball to Staples who was promptly fouled … Staples made one of two free throws to put UVa ahead 76-74 … Clemson point guard Terrell McIntyre was given the opportunity to tie the score … he had beaten Hand earlier in the game on a drive into the lane and tried a similar move on his rookie counterpart … this time Hand was looking for it and beat McIntyre to the spot and drew the charge in the lane with 10.8 seconds to play … Hand was then fouled with 10 seconds remaining … after struggling from the free throw line all season (55.3 percent at the time), he calmly knocked down both attempts to provide the Cavaliers with the game’s final points in the 78-74 win … scored eight points, handed off a team-leading five assists and had only one turnover in 27 minutes vs. Florida State in the regular-season finale on Feb. 28.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 19.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists, and 5.1 steals per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School . . . set a district record with 15 triple-doubles (the old mark was six) . . . made 54 percent of his field goal attempts and shot 39 percent from three-point range . . . connected on 88 percent of his free-throw attempts . . . named first-team Associated Press All-State point guard as a senior . . . first-team All-Area, All-County and All-League . . . led his team to a 24-2 record, advancing to the state semifinals before falling to Jersey City St. Anthony’s . . . had career highs of 37 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds . . . had 26 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in Paterson Catholic’s win over Passaic High School in the county title game . . . named Most Valuable Player of the Connecticut-New Jersey “Schoolboy Classic” All-Star game . . . Paterson Catholic’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . All-Area selection as a junior . . . received the City of Paterson “Old Timers” Award . . . high school teammate of Tim Thomas of the Philadelphia 76ers and the University of Connecticut’s Kevin Freeman.
PERSONAL: Donald Bernard Hand . . . born 3-14-79 in Paterson, N.J. . . . son of Gloria Hand . . . has a sister, Dominick (17), and a brother, Denzel (9) . . . anthropology major.
Coach Gillen on Donald Hand
“Donald, in my opinion, is one of the top point guards in the ACC. He is also a very hard worker. He has gotten stronger with a lot of work in the weight room. I think that, if he continues to develop, he will have a great senior year.”
Hand’s Career Highs
Points—41 vs. N.C. State (2/14/99); Rebounds—13 vs. Georgia Tech (2/25/99); FG Made—11 vs. N.C. State (2/14/99); FG Att.—22 vs. Georgia Tech (2/25/99); 3 Pt. FG Made—6 vs. Clemson (1/17/99); 3 Pt. FG Att.—12 vs. Georgia Tech (2/25/99); FT Made—15 vs. VMI (12/22/98); FT Att.—17 vs. Providence (11/26/99); Assists—9 vs. Duke (1/24/98); Blocks—1 on four occasions; Steals—5 vs. Clemson (1/20/98), vs. Washington State (11/22/98); Minutes—44 vs. N.C. State (2/14/99)