WORTH NOTING: Returning three-year starter at forward ... unheralded player who exploded onto the college scene as a freshman during the 1998-99 season … very low-key individual off the court ... comes by his nickname, Big Smooth, naturally, given his style of play ... deceptive underneath the basket with a variety of moves ... voted the ACC’s most underrated player in Sports Illustrated’s 2000-01 College Basketball Preview ... joined Keith Friel and Donald Hand as one of Virginia’s 2000-01 tri-captains ... earned third-team All-ACC honors last season ... made a three-point basket in the Coastal Carolina game (Nov. 20) to became the 34th player in Virginia men’s basketball history to reach 1000 career points ... enters the 2001-02 season ranked 18th on UVa’s all-time scoring list with 1,405 career points ... tied for eighth on Virginia’s career steals list with 140, and ranked ninth on UVa’s career lists for three-point field goals made (102) and blocked shots (81) ... reached double figures in scoring in 24 of 29 games last season and was the team’s leading scorer seven times ... has posted 10 double-doubles during his career, including three in 2000-01 ... ranked third in the ACC last season in field goal percentage (147-292, .503) ... finished 10th in the ACC in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (6.7 rpg) and defensive rebounds (4.41 rpg), 11th in free throw percentage (95-125 .760), 12th in offensive rebounds (2.24 rpg) and 13th in steals (1.52 spg) ... has shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of his previous three seasons at UVa ... has made 50.8 percent (508-1000) of his career field goals attempts ... shot a team-high .509 percent (84-165) from the field last season against ACC competition ... second-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 1999-00 ... scored in double figures a team-leading 27 times and shot 43.8 percent (28-64) from three-point range in the last 18 games of the season ... ranked fourth in the ACC in 1999-00 in field goal percentage (50.7) ... ranked 10th in the league in scoring in all games (15.5 ppg) and ninth in scoring in ACC games (16.3 ppg) ... tied for seventh in the ACC in steals (1.6 spg) ... considered for selection to the 1999-2000 Wooden Award Pre-Season All-American Team Top 25 by the John R. Wooden Award Committee ... the league’s leading scorer for much of the 1998-99 season, he finished eighth (16.8 ppg) ... finished fifth in the league in field goal shooting percentage (.512), fifth in rebounding (7.5 rpg.) and tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.4/bpg) … scored a UVa freshman record 34 points vs. Liberty (Dec. 8, 1998) during the 1998-99 season ... selected to play, along with UVa teammate Adam Hall, for the 1999 USA Basketball Men’s Junior World Championship Team … the 12-man team earned the silver medal at the 16-team 1999 FIBA Men’s Junior World Championship in Portugal ... set a USA team tournament record with 12 blocks for the competition ... finished tied for third on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.4 rpg) ... led the U.S. squad in scoring in games vs. China (18 points) and Croatia (15 points) ... scored in double figures in five of six games during UVa’s European tour in August of 2000 ... he posted a “double-double” with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 108-69 win over Lummen BBC in the fifth game of the tour in Bocholt, Belgium ... followed that performance with a 19-point, six-rebound, three-assist effort in a 116-72 win over Sceaux (pronounced “so”) BBC of France in the trip’s final game.
HONORS: 2000-01—All-ACC third team ... first-team All-State selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch ... named honorable mention All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors ... received Mr. Reliable Award (team award). 1999-00—All-ACC second team ... ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 3) following games with Belmont (Dec. 28) and Dartmouth (Jan. 2) ... All-District selection by the United States Basketball Writers Association ... first-team All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch ... second-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... All-Seaboard by Basketball Times ... co-recipient of the Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award as UVa’s most valuable player (team award). 1998-99—ACC Rookie of the Year … All-ACC Freshman Team … All-ACC Third Team … ACC Rookie of the Week four times (Nov. 29; Dec. 28; Jan. 19; Feb. 2) … All-Freshman second team by Basketball News … first-team All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch … co-recipient of the Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award as UVa’s most valuable player (team award) … received award as team’s leading rebounder (226, 7.5 rpg).
AT VIRGINIA: 2000-01—Played in all 29 games, starting 25 ... finished the season ranked among the leaders in the ACC in field goal percentage (3rd, 147-292, .503), scoring (10th, 14.5 ppg), rebounding (10th, 6.7 rpg), defensive rebounds (10th, 4.41 rpg), free throw percentage (11th, 95-125 .760), offensive rebounds (12th, 2.24 rpg), steals (13th, 1.52 spg) ... UVa’s leading scorer seven times ... bothered by a knee injury the first three games of the season ... started for the first time in the fourth game of the season against Purdue (Nov. 29) and scored 24 points with nine rebounds ... scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds in the victory over Florida State at University Hall (Jan. 16) ...also had three steals in that game ... recorded three double-doubles during the season ... had his first double-double with 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the victory over Missouri (Jan. 20) ... had his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss at North Carolina (Jan. 24) ... had his third double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the win over third-ranked Duke (Feb. 14) ... also had four assists and tied his career high with four blocked shots in that game ... scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win at Clemson (Jan. 27) ... scored a game-high 22 points on 8-10 shooting from the field and had seven rebounds in the win at Dartmouth (Dec. 30 ... scored 17 points, all in the second half, and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action in the victory over N.C. State (Jan. 6) ... scored 19 points and had seven rebounds in the win over Maryland (Jan. 31) ... shot 59.1 percent (26-44) from the field, including 69.2 percent (9-13) from three-point range, in a five-game stretch from January 24 through February 7 ... became the 34th player in Virginia men’s basketball history to reach 1000 career points on a three-point basket in the Coastal Carolina game (11/20/00) ... earned his third letter. 1999-00—Started at forward in 30 of 31 games ... played but did not start against Minnesota (Nov. 30) ... led the team in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and was third in field goal percentage (min. 25 att.) (50.7 percent, 173-341) ... first on the team in steals (51) and second in rebounding (6.1 rpg.) ... averaged 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a game, and shot 44.0 percent (22-50) from three-point range in 16 regular-season conference games ... shot 43.8 percent (28 of 64) from three point range in the last 18 games ... led the team in scoring 14 times, in rebounding eight times and in assists five times ... scored in double figures a team-leading 27 times ... scored in double figures in each of the last 12 games and in 22 of the last 23 games ... named the ACC Player of the Week after scoring 44 points, grabbing nine rebounds and shooting 70.4 percent (19-27) from the field in victories over Belmont (Dec. 28) and Dartmouth (Jan. 2) ... scored a season-high 27 points in an overtime loss to Duke at University Hall (Jan. 5) ... scored 20 or more points in eight games ... scored 24 points, grabbed six rebounds, had four assists and made nine of 13 shots from the floor (69.2 percent) in an 87-75 victory over North Carolina at University Hall (Jan. 18) ... also scored 24 points and had five rebounds in a victory over Dartmouth (Jan. 2) ... had 23 points and seven rebounds in a triple overtime loss to Georgetown in the first round of the NIT (Mar. 15) ... scored 22 points and had six rebounds in a loss at Maryland (Feb. 2) ... scored 16 points, had 12 rebounds and a career-high seven assists in a victory at North Carolina (Feb. 20) ... lettered. 1998-99—Played in all 30 games, with 28 starts ... ACC Rookie of the Year ... deserving of national recognition for his play ... consistently went up against bigger and stronger players, but got the job done in a quietly effective manner ... was among the ACC leaders in virtually every category … the league’s leading scorer for much of the season, he finished eighth … averaged 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game … also finished fifth in the league in field goal shooting percentage (.512), fifth in rebounding and tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.4/g) … led ACC rookies in almost every area … named ACC Rookie of the Week four times, twice as often as any other league rookie … only eight other rookies in ACC history had won the award more times prior to that season … six double doubles tied for sixth in the ACC overall and tops by a rookie … his six double doubles have been topped by only three other freshmen in school history … second to Donald Hand (17.1 ppg) in team scoring … second all-time in school history to Jeff Lamp for freshman scoring average … Lamp averaged 17.3 ppg as a frosh in 1977-78 … despite being UVa’s leading scorer for most of the season he didn’t lead the team in scoring in a game until he scored 34 points vs. Liberty on Dec. 8 in the season’s ninth game … led in scoring eight times overall … led Virginia in rebounding on 17 occasions and in assists three times … led the team in scoring and rebounding in the same game seven times … scored in double figures 27 times … the three times he failed to reach double digits he scored nine points … opened the season in the starting line-up and ended up starting all but two games … became only the second freshman in school history to record a double double in his debut … scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. VCU in the opener … did not start vs. Wisconsin in the second round of the Top of the World Classic in Alaska after suffering from a case of food poisoning … played 28 minutes and scored nine points despite his illness … gave the home folks a glimpse of what to expect by scoring 21 points in the home opener vs. Hampton … made three three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds in that game … came off the bench to score 19 points vs. Elon on Nov. 28 … that performance tied for the most points by a Cavalier off the bench during the season … connected on eight of 12 shots from the field vs. the Fightin’ Christians … returned to the starting line-up with 18 points against Florida State in the ACC opener on Dec. 1 and remained there for the rest of the season … recorded his second double double vs. New Hampshire on Dec. 5 with 14 points and 14 rebounds … made all 10 free throw attempts in that game … scored a UVa freshman record 34 points vs. Liberty on Dec. 8 … connected on 13 of 19 from the field, including three of four behind the arc … pulled down nine rebounds and had four steals … his 34 point outburst was the third-highest total in the ACC for the season … 34 point effort made him the only ACC freshman to top thirty points in a game … led UVa with 25 points vs. nationally-ranked St. John’s on Dec. 12 … followed that impressive outing with 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds vs. VMI … scored 26 points in consecutive games vs. Delaware and Loyola (Md.) … scored 27 points, on 11 of 15 shooting, vs. N.C. State in UVa’s last game ever at Reynolds Coliseum … led UVa with 17 points and 13 rebounds in a win over in-state rival Virginia Tech on Jan. 27 … scored 18 points in a big road win over Florida State on Jan. 30 … had his second double double in three games with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win vs. Wake Forest on Feb. 3 … scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. then #7 Maryland in College Park … scored 12 points before fouling out in an overtime win over N.C. State on Feb. 14 … scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds before fouling out late in regulation as the Cavaliers fell to Georgia Tech in overtime in the final regular season game … led Virginia in scoring (16 points) and rebounding (10 boards) vs. Duke in the ACC Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter for head coach Mark McCaleb at Minor High School ... leading scorer for Minor High School his last three seasons while helping the team compile an overall record of 78-11 during that time period … averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds a game during his senior season to lead Minor High School to the Alabama 6A State Championship with an overall record of 28-4 … shot 65 percent from the field, including 45 percent from three-point range, and 78 percent from the free throw line ... as a junior, he averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game as Minor finished 30-2 ... shot 65 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three point range, and 73 percent from the free throw line ... named Gatorade Circle of Champions Alabama Player of the Year following his senior season in 1997-98 ... earned All-State honors his junior and senior seasons ... participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in June of 1998 and was named MVP after scoring 14 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, blocking five shots and handing out three assists ... named Jefferson County Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior ... named Birmingham Tip Off Club Alabama Player of the Year for the 1997-98 season ... named to Birmingham News Super All-State team and the Fox Sports South All-South team … named All-Area and All-County each of his three seasons as a starter at Minor High School ... All-Metro selection as a junior and a senior ... nominated for the McDonald’s All-America team as a senior ... one of six players from the 1997-98 Minor High School team to earn basketball scholarships . . . named AAU All-American as a junior … led AAU team to a national second-place finish ... averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game as a sophomore ... shot 63 percent from the field and 62 percent from the free throw line ... Minor High School posted a 20-5 record during the 1995-96 season.
PERSONAL: Christopher Williams ... born 7-9-80 in Birmingham, Ala. ... son of David and Cheryl Williams ... has two brothers, David (14) and Daniel (13) ... sociology major.
Williams’ Career Highs
Points—34 vs. Liberty (12/8/98); Rebounds—15 vs. VMI (12/22/98); FG Made—13 vs. Liberty (12/8/98); FG Att.—19 vs. Liberty (12/8/98), vs. Maryland (2/2/00); 3 Pt. FG Att.—11 vs. North Carolina (1/21/99); 3 Pt. FG Made—5 vs. Loyola (Md.) (12/30/98); FT Made—10 vs. New Hampshire (12/5/98); FT Att.—14 vs. VMI (12/22/98); Assists—7 vs. North Carolina (2/20/00); Blocks—4 vs. VMI (12/22/98), vs. Duke (2/14/01); Steals—6 vs. Bucknell (12/28/00); Minutes—48 vs. Georgetown (3/15/00)