For­mer St. John’s star Glen Wil­liams dies at 63

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Glen Wil­liams, a star at St. John’s in the 1970s and a sec­ond-round draft pick of the Mil­wau­kee Bucks, has died. He was 63.

Wil­liams, who had been bat­tling can­cer for the last seven years, died Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Hall of Fame coach Lou Car­nesecca.

“He was one of the best twoway play­ers we ever had here,’’ Car­nesecca said Wed­nes­day. “He could cover any­body, big or small. He went in the start­ing lineup as a fresh­man and never came out.’’

The 6-foot-6 Wil­liams was born in St. Croix in the Vir­gin Is­lands and played high school bas­ket­ball at Lau­r­in­burg In­sti­tute in North Carolina.

He be­came a starter at St. John’s as a fresh­man in 1973-74 and played in two NCAA Tour­na­ments and two NITs. His ju­nior year the then-Red­men were ranked No. 17 when they played No. 1 In­di­ana at Madi­son Square Gar­den. The Hoosiers pre­vailed 76-69 and they beat St. John’s again 90-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment on their way to col­lege bas­ket­ball’s last un­beaten sea­son.

Wil­liams, who lived in Man­hat­tan, is ranked ninth on the St. John’s scor­ing list with 1,727 points. He was of the 50 play­ers se­lected to the pro­gram’s all­cen­tury team in 2008.

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