Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  31 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Jay Williams (Duke)

Jay Williams is one of the coldest college basketball players of the last 15 years. After a stellar high school career at St. Joseph HS in New Jersey complete with NJ POY and McDonald’s All-American honors, Williams headed for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. He went on to average 14.5 pts, 6.5 asts and 4.2 rbs as a freshman earning the ACC ROY award. In 2001 he helped lead Duke to the National Championship game averaging 25.7 pts during the tournament. He won the Naismith and Wooden awards in 2001, graduated Duke with a degree in Sociology in only 3 years, and promptly had his #22 jersey retired on Senior Day. The Bulls selected Williams #2 overall in the 2002 Draft (after Yao Ming) and he started at PG for most of the ’02-03 season putting up decent numbers. Then came the motorcycle accident that effectively ended his basketball career. I believe he would have been an All Star PG a few times over by now had that accident not occurred but at least he’s found a life in broadcasting. Never going to forget that performance at Maryland (below). Shout out to my cousin Sam and my boy Fromage, both Dukies.

2001 Duke Basketball Notable Players – Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Chris Duhon, Jay Williams, Reggie Love. Ironic that the best player of the crop is the only one not playing currently (Reggie Love is ballin out of control in DC as we all know or should know).


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  • JTaylor21

    Jay Williams wishes he has Benjamin Buton’s career.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    i really, REALLY hated this dude at Duke because he was a killer and helped the dreaded Dukie’s win a lot of games.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Joe Forte sighting on the clip… He needs a FOTS from his freshman year at UNC.

  • French toast

    Not sure he would have been an all star after his disappointing first season. How can you ride a motorbike like this… There is a curse on great dukies PG, remember Bobby Hurley !

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Yea, I hated this guy at Duke also. I was a Juan Dixon fan and the Maryland vs Duke games at that time were more intense than North Carolina vs Duke.

  • Papa Smurf

    Add me to the list of people who hated this guy while he was at Duke (but he could play – no doubt).

  • the downtown brown clown

    feel bad for jay williams… could’ve been how derrick rose is now for the bulls. :-/

  • hammer

    @downtownbrownclown. Rose is a superior talent,not 2 mention more atletic than jay was

  • ManofGod131

    That accident was sad. If he had stayed with the Bulls and continued to improve, they wouldn’t have drafted D-Rose. People easily forget the kind of player Jay was at Duke. That was the last time I liked a Duke team.

  • hammer

    I remember watching this gm @ the hospital just hrs b4 my oldest son was born. I couldn’t believe it. And add me 2 the list of jay haters as well as the f****n dookies. Go heels baby!

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    wow some comeback in that second video. did I see dahntay jones walk around in one of those highlights as well?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Orlando Magic 2011 NBA CHAMPS!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp
  • Elvis Freshly

    Lmfao @ him breaking Scal… please scal leave my precious celtics!

  • larrylegend

    nice new clip, that i didn’t know already, allenp. the stock, payton, bibby triple is classic, he just has one of the illest handles of all time.

  • larrylegend

    and your 1:01pm prediction sounds good to me, lol!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    F.O.T.S suggestion # 139- Antonio McDyess..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    This dude is hands-down my all-time favorite college basketball player. I usually hate Duke too, but I loved that Boozer/Battier/Dunleavy/Williams/Duhon championship squad. I was estatic as hell when the Bulls drafted Jason Williams. His rookie year was so-so but I knew he’d get better and better and then….damn….

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    DRose before DRose?

  • SpaceJam

    Naw, he had a better jumper but d rose is a helluva a lot more athletic and has more talent. If he hadn’t gotten injured we never would’ve drafted kirk hinrich either.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    sad to see his career take the turn it did

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That wasn’t me posting earlier with the links.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    What a waste of fots. This guy was more adam morrison than rose. What a retard for riding the motorcycle. Arent dookies supposed to be smart? At least delontes motorcycle had 3 wheels and is much harder to wreck.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Was Derrick Rose, with a jumpshot and actually could pass, but scoring was easy for him. BOOK IT!!!

  • The Philosopher

    Great videos.
    His rookie year Bill Cartwright pulled him from a game after missing a breakaway dunk. Too funny.
    Shout out to William Avery.
    Shout out to Sean Dockery.

  • JTaylor21

    Damn people really underrated DRose a lot on this site. @The Seed, JWill was DRose with a j, you’re joking right? You better be because DRose would devour Jay and is already better than JWill ever was in the NBA and college.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @JTaylor21 the Duke Jay Will was MILES, and I mean MILES ahead of the Memphis Derrick Rose…and it wasn’t even close.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Saw him on Broadway walking with his lady last week. What struck me is that he seemed taller than what I’d imagined. Closer to 6’3″, not sure what he was listed at. He was displaying his signature disgusted screw face.
    Hell of a ballplayer!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Jay Williams was nothing like D. Rose. Two completely different games. Rose can get to the basket at will, Jay would kill you with outside jumpers.

  • shaw32

    Rose better then Williams. haha not even a debate rose is a better athlethe thats it. Williams got to the basket easily was a smarter player and could shoot your face off. Even in that so-so rookie yr he had a triple double and was close to in a few other games.Lastly he was a winner.

  • twinparadox

    Whatever you say…I just hate Duke. lol
    seriously though, I don’t see a point in comparing Rose and Jay Will but if we had to, Rose is a more modern point guard, those flashy high flying guys. Jay was more of an old school type of guy.

    and As a Maryland fan…that clip just left me a little depressed.