Nov. 12, 2006
Some of the most recognizable individuals in Virginia's men's basketball history received special recognition Sunday night (Nov. 12) at halftime of Virginia's 93-90 victory over Arizona at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Former players Barry Parkhill and Wally Walker, and former head coach Terry Holland were honored by having areas of the John Paul Jones Arena dedicated in their names. They are the Barry Parkhill Practice Court, the Wally Walker Virginia Basketball Hall of Fame and the Terry Holland Men's Locker Room.
"The impact of Terry Holland as a coach, Wally Walker as a player and Barry Parkhill as a player and as a significant figure in the athletics department in the campaign to get the arena started, all have contributed significantly to the tradition of Virginia basketball," said UVa athletics director Craig Littlepage.
"The level to which these three outstanding gentlemen have contributed to the success of Virginia athletics, as well as Virginia basketball, is demonstrated by the way friends of the University and athletics department have responded by participating in the campaign to have these facilities named in their honor."
Walker led Virginia to its only Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship and its first NCAA Tournament berth in 1976. He is the only Cavalier to receive the Everett Case Award as the ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player. He received the award after Virginia upset three nationally-ranked teams en route to the 1976 ACC title. Walker scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the championship game against North Carolina.
Walker's scoring average of 22.1 points a game during the 1975-76 season ranks as the sixth best in UVa history and his 1,849 career points rank sixth on Virginia's all-time list. His number (41) is retired at UVa. Walker was the fifth player chosen in the 1976 NBA draft, taken by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Parkhill was one of the best all-purpose guards in the ACC from 1971-73. He led the conference in scoring with an average of 21.6 points a game as a junior in 1972, when the Cavaliers went 21-7 and were selected to play in the National Invitation Tournament for only the second time in school history. That season he was named ACC Player of the Year and later conference Athlete of the Year. He also earned first-team All-America honors. Parkhill compiled a career average of 18.2 points a game and totaled 369 assists, which was tops in Virginia history at the time. The figures helped him become only the second player in school history to have his number (40) retired.
In 1974 Holland became Virginia men's head basketball coach. His teams compiled a record of 326-173 in 16 seasons, becoming the winningest men's basketball coach in UVa history. Among Holland's many accomplishments at Virginia are a pair of Final Four appearances (1981 and 1984) and a National Invitation Tournament title (1980). He also earned two ACC Coach of the Year awards. From 1995 to 2001 Holland served as the athletics director at Virginia, a position he now holds at East Carolina.
In addition, the jersey of former Virginia men's basketball standout Curtis Staples was retired during the halftime ceremonies. Staples, a guard from Roanoke, Va., finished his Virginia career in 1998 as the NCAA's career leader in three-point field goals made with 413. His mark held until Duke's J.J. Redick established a new NCAA record for three-point field goals made (457) last season. Staples currently ranks third on the NCAA's career three-point field goals made list. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in three-point field goals made per game during each of his four seasons at Virginia.
Staples ranks ninth on Virginia's career scoring list with 1,757 points. He lettered four times for the Cavaliers and was a team captain as a senior during the 1997-98 season. Staples averaged a career-high 18.1 points a game during the 1997-98 season and earned third-team All-ACC honors.
Earlier on Sunday, at halftime of the Virginia women's basketball team's 92-72 victory over Old Dominion, the UVa women's basketball locker room at the John Paul Jones Arena was named the Debbie Ryan Women's Locker Room in recognition of the Cavaliers' long-time coach. Debbie Ryan is in her 30th season as the head coach of the Virginia women's basketball team.