Started 22 of 30 games last season at the power forward position ? senior co-captain ... the most improved player in the conference last season when he nearly tripled his scoring and rebounding numbers ... finished last season with a flurry averaging 18.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in the final seven games of the season ... quick, athletic player who will be the go-to guy inside for UMass this season ? excellent leaper who can rebound the basketball ? very active at both ends of the floor ... Christopher Maron Kirkland ? born September 2, 1976 in Florence, S.C. ... son of Annette Williams ? BDIC major.
AS A JUNIOR IN 1998-99: Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for Feb. 22nd ... Averaged 10.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game ... had even better numbers against Atlantic 10 foes, averaging 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in regular season conference games ... ranked first in the Atlantic 10 in offensive rebounds, fifth in total rebounds and 10th in defensive rebounds, for statistics including conference games only ... had seven double-doubles on the season ... led the team in steals 15 times, in rebounds 11 times, and in scoring six times ... nearly tripled his scoring and rebounding numbers from his sophomore season (averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 1997-98) ... scored in double-figures 15 times after scoring in double digits only twice in his first two years ... has scored more points and pulled down more rebounds than he did in his first two seasons combined ... scored 17 points and pulled down seven boards in the victory over Temple ... recorded a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with 15 points at La Salle ... totaled a career-high 26 points and 12 rebounds at George Washington ... had 25 points and 13 boards in upset win over Xavier ... scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament ... Scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Rhode Island ... recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Boston College ... also had 14 points and 11 rebounds at St. Bonaventure ... totaled 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals against Kansas ... had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks against Duquesne.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1997-98: Appeared in 31 games (all but Fresno State), averaging 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per contest ? averaged 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in Atlantic 10 games ? had his first career double-double with a season-high 13 points and 10 rebounds while playing 27 minutes vs. La Salle ? scored 11 points in first game against St. Bonaventure ? had seven points and six rebounds while playing a season-high 30 minutes vs. Virginia Tech in the Atlantic 10 Tournament ? scored eight points and had three rebounds vs. Dayton ? had eight points and four rebounds vs. Davidson ? scored eight points in second game vs. Rhode Island ? had six points and four rebounds vs. UNC Charlotte ? scored six points at Fordham ? had a career-high four assists in home game with Fordham ? grabbed four rebounds and had three assists vs. Marshall.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 1996-97: Averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ? played in 19 games off the bench ? had five points in eight minutes of action in win at La Salle; completed a three-point play followed by a dunk, both with less than six minutes to play to help UMass preserve the win ? scored three points and added two rebounds and one block vs. Fresno State ? had a season-high five rebounds in win over Wyoming.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Ed Goetz at Sto Rox High School ? averaged 25.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per game during his senior year ? earned Western Pennsylvania Player of the Year and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year honors as a senior ? posted 20.0 points and 14.7 rebounds in his junior season, while leading Sto Rox to the Western Pennsylvania Championship.
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