PRONUNCIATION: Friel ... rhymes with reel.
WORTH NOTING: Joins Donald Hand and Chris Williams as one of Virginia’s 2000-01 tri-captains ... UVa’s top three-point field goal shooter last season ... shot 41.3 percent (45-109) from three-point range for the season ... played 3:38 in Virginia’s victory at North Carolina last season (Feb. 20), all during one stretch of the second half, and scored 11 points ... made three three-point field goals in a span of 1:42 ... also made two free throws in that game ... shot 90.0 percent (27-30) from the free throw line during the 1999-2000 season and made 13 of 14 free throws in ACC regular-season games ... averaged 5.8 points and 12.2 minutes of playing time a game last season ... scored in double figures in every game of Virginia’s six-game European Tour in August of 2000 ... averaged 17 points per game ... scored a team-high 23 points in a 116-72 victory over Sceaux (pronounced “so”) BBC of France in the final game of the tour ... was 8-of-17 shooting, including six three-pointers ... scored a team-high 23 points and added three assists in a 108-69 victory over Lummen BBC, in the fifth game of the tour, in Bocholt, Belgium ... transferred from Notre Dame before the beginning of UVa’s 1998 fall semester ... practiced with the team, but was ineligible to play in games for the Cavaliers during the 1998-99 season due to NCAA rules requiring a one-year residency following transfer ... has one year of eligibility remaining ... competing on 2000-01 team as a graduate student ... selected to the 10-man 1999 Nike NIT All-Star Team that competed in Austria and the Czech Republic in August ... three-point shooting specialist ... established Notre Dame record for three-pointers in a game during the 1997-98 season with eight against Syracuse ... lettered twice for Notre Dame.
HONORS: 1999-00—Received team award for best free throw percentage (90.0 percent, 27-30).
AT VIRGINIA: 1999-00—Provided offense off UVa’s deep bench ... averaged 5.8 points and 12.2 minutes of playing time a game ... played in all 31 games with one start ... started against Providence (Nov. 26) in the Puerto Rico shootout ... outstanding long-range shooter ... 45 of his 54 field goals were three-point field goals ... scored in double figures seven times ... scored season-high 14 points in a loss to South Carolina (Nov. 25) in the Puerto Rico Shootout and a home victory over Dartmouth (Jan. 2) ... led the team in scoring against South Carolina ... scored 13 points in an 88-82 win over North Carolina State (Feb. 12) at University Hall ... was 5-10 from the field, including 3-7 from three-point range, in the victory over N.C. State ... shot 41.3 percent (45-109) from three-point range on the season ... shot 40.9 percent (54-132) overall from the field ... shot 90.0 percent (27-30) from the free throw line and made 13 of 14 free throws in ACC regular-season games ... made 18 of his last 20 free throws ... made 11 of 32 three-point attempts (34.4 percent) in the first 10 games of the season ... shot 44.2 percent (34-77) from three-point range in the last 21 games ... made four of eight three-point attempts for all 12 of his points in a home victory over Belmont (Dec. 28) and was 4-5 from three-point range in the win over Dartmouth (Jan. 2) ... made three of four three-point attempts in Virginia’s 90-76 win at North Carolina (Feb. 20) ... played 3:38 in that game, all during one stretch of the second half, and scored 11 points ... made three three-point field goals in a span of 1:42 ... also made two free throws against the Tar Heels in that game ... scored 10 points in a 65-62 loss at N.C. State (Jan. 12) and in a 76-65 loss to the Wolfpack in the ACC Tournament (Mar. 10) ... lettered for the first time at Virginia.
AT NOTRE DAME: 1997-98—Played in 20 of 27 games, starting two ... averaged 8.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 17.9 minutes per game ... led the Irish in three-point field goal percentage (46.4) and three-point field goals made (45 of 97) ... shot better from three-point range than he did inside the arc (40.7, 55 of 135) ... made 30 of 61 three-pointers (49.2 percent) against Big East teams ... sank 71.9 percent of his free throws (23 of 32) on the season ... came off the bench to lead Notre Dame to an 83-63 upset of 15th-ranked Syracuse on January 21 ... scored a career-high 30 points, including a school-record eight three-pointers, in 26 minutes against the Orangemen ... was 8-of-10 from three-point range and 9-of-13 overall from the field ... went four for seven from the foul line and also finished with two rebounds and three assists ... hit a leaning jumper from the foul line with one second left to lift Notre Dame to a 74-72 win over 21st-ranked West Virginia in Morgantown on January 15 ... in addition to his game-winning buzzer beater, he made three trys earlier in the game to finish with 11 points ... scored in double figures a total of six times ... started the first game of his career against St. John’s on January 31 ... scored 16 points in that game, including 12 points in the final 6:07 to help lead the Irish to a 73-65 victory ... suffered a thigh contusion in the final minute of the St. John’s game and missed Notre Dame’s next seven games ... returned to action for the Irish’s final regular season contest against Providence ... came off the bench to score nine points, all on three-point field goals ... grabbed a career-high five rebounds against Providence in the first round of the Big East Tournament ... finished with four rebounds on three occasions ... lettered for the second time. 1996-97—Appeared in 18 games as a reserve shooting guard ... scored a season-high 12 points in games against Monmouth and Nicholls State ... scored nine points in three other games ... 15 of his 18 field goals were from three point range ... grabbed 19 rebounds, dished out 22 assists and had 14 steals on the season ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Established himself as the all-time leading scorer at Oyster River High School with 2,140 points … also totaled over 500 rebounds and 300 assists during his high school career ... played for head coach Don Maynard ... as a senior, averaged 26.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 4.5 steals per game ... was 98-of-225 (43.6 percent) from three-point range during his senior year ... shot 81 percent from the free-throw line as a senior and 88 percent as a junior ... averaged 27.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior, and 22.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore ... team posted back-to-back 20-1 seasons in junior and senior seasons and won two straight titles ... scored 21 points in 1996 state title game as team defeated Bishop Brady ... his career point total was believed to be fifth-highest in New Hampshire history when he graduated ... was named state Player of the Year by Gatorade Circle of Champions, Foster’s Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Herald News ... was a three-time first-team All-State selection ... played in the ’96 Hoosier Lottery All-American Game in Fort Wayne on April 30 and scored 18 points for the East team ... played AAU basketball in New Jersey in summer of 1995 ... also lettered in baseball, golf and soccer at Oyster River High School.
PERSONAL: Keith McFadden Friel ... born 6-30-77 in Portsmouth, N.H. ... son of Gerry and Joan Friel ... has two sisters, Jen (26) and Jilliane (9), and two brothers, Greg (21) and Jeremy (17) ... father played college basketball at SUNY-Oswego and was head coach at the University of New Hampshire for 20 seasons (from 1969-70 to 1988-89) ... father is currently the director of athletic fund raising at New Hampshire ... brother Greg plays basketball at Dartmouth and sister Jen played basketball at New Hampshire ... was a member of the National Honor Society at Oyster River High School ... received his undergraduate degree in anthropology in May of 2000 ... will compete in 2000-01 as a graduate student ... working toward his master’s degree in social foundation in education.
Coach Gillen on Keith Friel
“Keith is a very valuable player. I think he’s one of the best shooters in the country. He helped us in a number of games last year. He did very well on our European tour, and we are hoping that he can have a breakout year this season. Keith gives us a dimension of scoring where he can turn around a game at any time with his three-point shooting ability.”
One-on-One with Keith Friel
What is something you like to do in your spare time to relax?
Sleep, eat and watch digital cable.
Who has been your most influential role model, outside of immediate family?
Tyler Gilbert [of the UVa men’s lacrosse team]. Just seeing his continuous effort to improve mentally, physically and spiritually day after day gives me strength.
Describe one of your favorite childhood memories.
Going to my dad’s games, watching him coach, and being involved with his teams growing up.
Friel’s Career Highs
AT NOTRE DAME
Points—30 vs. Syracuse (1/21/98); Rebounds—5 vs. Providence (3/4/98); FG Made—9 vs. Syracuse (1/21/98); FG Att.—13 vs. Syracuse (1/21/98); 3 Pt. FG Made—8 vs. Syracuse (1/21/98)*; 3 Pt. FG Att.—10 vs. Syracuse (1/21/98); FT Made—6 vs. Nicholls State (12/23/96); FT Att.—7 vs. Syracuse (1/21/98); Assists—4 vs. Youngstown State (11/26/96); vs. Marquette (11/21/97); Blocks—1 on two occasions; Steals—2 on four occasions; Minutes—29 vs. Providence (3-4-98)
* Notre Dame record
Points—14 vs. South Carolina (11/25/99); Rebounds—4 vs. Providence (11/26/99); FG Made—5 vs. Dartmouth (1/2/00), N.C. State (2/12/00); FG Att.—10 vs. Clemson (1/15/00), N.C. State (2/12/00); 3 Pt. FG Made—4 vs. Belmont (12/28/99), Dartmouth (1/2/00); 3 Pt. FG Att.—10 vs. Clemson (1/15/00); FT Made—5 vs. South Carolina (11/25/99); FT Att.—5 vs. South Carolina (11/25/99), Providence (11/26/99); Assists—3 vs. Clemson (1/15/00); Blocks—1 North Carolina (2/20/00), Georgetown (3/15/00); Steals—3 vs. Providence (11/26/99); Minutes—23 vs. Clemson (1/15/00), N.C. State (3/10/00)