HONORS: 2002-03--Co-recipient of the Hardest Worker Award (team award) ... co-recipient of the Mr. Hustle Award (team award).
AT VIRGINIA: 2002-03--Averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds a game in 31 games ... second on the team in rebounding average with an average of 4.5 rebounds a game ... ranked 23rd in the conference in rebounding ... led the team in rebounding five times ... shot 50.8 percent (64-126) from the field ... scored in double figures five times ... started 14 games... scored a season-high 17 points and had eight rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb (12/19/02) ... had a season-high 11 rebounds in the victory at Rutgers (12/21/02) ... tied for the team high with 15 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in a season-high 30 minutes in the loss at Ohio (2/26/03) ... was 7-7 from the field in that game ... had 10 points against Indiana (11/27/02) and grabbed eight rebounds against Kentucky (11/26/02) in the Maui Invitational ... had a team-high eight rebounds in the win over Georgetown (12/28/02) ... scored 10 points and had four rebounds in the loss at Clemson (1/18/03) ... scored seven points and had seven rebounds in the victory over Wake Forest (1/23/03) ... had seven points and six rebounds in the win at Maryland (2/6/03) ... scored nine points and had four rebounds in the home loss to Georgia Tech (3/5/03) ... scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds, had two blocked shots and two steals in 20 minutes in the victory over Brown (3/19/03) in the first round of the NIT ... lettered. 2001-02--Transferred from California-Berkeley before the beginning of UVa's 2001 fall semester...practiced with the team, but was ineligible to play in games for the Cavaliers during the 2001-02 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
AT CALIFORNIA: 2000-01--Played in 29 of Cal's 31 games, starting 21 ... averaged 6.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game ... shot 46.7 percent from the field and 53.9 percent from the free throw line ... was Cal's second-leading rebounder for the second consecutive season ... scored nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Texas in the second round of the Preseason NIT ... scored in double figures three consecutive games against Colorado (10 points), Albany (12 points) and Georgia (14 points) ... pulled down 12 rebounds vs. Georgia to go with his 14 points for his only double-double of the season ... had 14 points and seven rebounds in the Bears' Pac-10 home opener against Oregon ... also had 10 points and five rebounds in a home win over UCLA ... scored 12 points and added six rebounds against Stanford (Feb. 17) ... missed home games against Washington and Washington State in February with a sprained right ankle, which also forced him to play limited minutes on the road at UCLA and Southern California ... turned in another strong performance versus Arizona in Cal's final regular season game, scoring 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbing five rebounds in 24 minutes. 1999-2000--Voted honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman ... played in 33 games, starting 16 ... averaged 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds a game ... shot 45.2 percent (98-217) from the field and 63.4 percent (85-134) from the free throw line ... earned All-Tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic in Alaska in his first collegiate competition ... had 20 points against Texas Christian in the opening game of the tournament and a career-high 23 points in the title game against Oklahoma ... scored in double figures in six of his first seven games ... had five double-doubles, all of them in Pac-10 Conference play ... had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the league opener against Arizona ... registered three consecutive double-doubles vs. Stanford (15 pts., 11 rebs.), Washington State (12 pts., 12 rebs.) and Washington (10 pts., 13 rebs.) ... also had a double-double against Oregon State (11 pts., 11 rebs.) ... was Cal's leading rebounder in 15 of the team's final 23 games ... second on the team in rebounding ... led the team in rebounding in Pac-10 games with 7.6 rpg ... had 13 rebounds against Washington and 12 at Arizona ... only the fourth Cal freshman to have at least 200 rebounds ... received Cal's Hustle and Spirit Award.
HIGH SCHOOL--Averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds a game his senior year at St. Thomas More Academy in Oakdale, Conn. ... Co-MVP of team that finished with a 28-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the Class A New England Prep School tournament ... once had a quadruple double with 48 points, 22 rebounds, 11 blocks and 10 assists in a 101-97 double-overtime victory ... rated the No. 10 center prospect in the country by PrepStar and the No. 5 center and No. 36 overall player by Recruiting USA ... named the team MVP after averaging 26 points and 15 rebounds a game as a junior at Kent School in Connecticut ... attended Kennedy High School in Sacramento, Calif., before finishing his high school career in Connecticut.
PERSONAL--Nicholas James Vander Laan ... born Oct. 27, 1979, in Long Beach, Calif. ... son of Margaret and Dirk Vander Laan ... enjoys body boarding.
Vander Laan's Career Highs
Points--17 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); Rebounds--11 vs. Rutgers (12/21/02); FG Made--7 vs. Ohio (2/26/03); FG Att.--10 vs. Georgia Tech (3/5/03); FT Made--7 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); FT Att.--9 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); Assists--2 on five occasions; Blocks--3 vs. N.C. State (2/9/03); Steals--3 vs. Wofford (1/2/03); Minutes--30 vs. Ohio (2/26/03)
Points--23 vs. Oklahoma (11/21/99); Rebounds--13 vs. Washington (1/29/00); FG Made--10 vs. Oklahoma (11/21/99); FG Att.--15 vs. Oklahoma (11/21/99); FT Made--8 vs. Davidson (1/2/00); FT Att.--14 vs. Oregon State (2/10/00); Assists--3 vs. Pacific (11/27/99), vs. UC Irvine (12/2/00); Steals--3 vs. Arizona (1/6/00), vs. Colorado (12/9/00); Minutes--37 vs. Hofstra (11/29/99)
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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