Virginia surprises skeptics on the court

Updated: January 22, 2009, 2:53 PM ET
By Ian R. Rapoport | Special to ESPNRISE.com

Boo Williams remembers arriving at a summer basketball tournament 15 years ago and meeting skepticism. His Amateur Athletic Union teams would show up in an arena in Las Vegas or Los Angeles or Orlando, and the looks would come there, too.

Virginia? Are they kidding?

"When we first started -- this is a true statement -- people from New York laughed at us," said Williams, a successful AAU coach for the past 26 years. "They'd say, 'Them country kids down in Virginia, ain't ...

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