Alabama State hires ex-NBA guard Williams

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

For­mer NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State’s new head coach.

Williams spent 14 sea­sons in the NBA, win­ning a cham­pi­onship with the Cleve­land Cava­liers in 2016.

He played with Utah as a rookie and had stints with the Mil­wau­kee Bucks, Los Angeles Clip­pers, Port­land Trail Blaz­ers, Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves and Char­lotte Hor­nets. Williams also had two stops with the Cava­liers, re­tir­ing af­ter the cham­pi­onship sea­son.

Williams spent the past two sea­sons as an as­sis­tant for Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity at Northridge, un­der coach Mark Got­tfried.

Williams was an All-star in his first sea­son in Cleve­land, in 2008-09, when he av­er­aged a ca­reerbest 17.8 points. Dur­ing his ca­reer, Williams av­er­aged 13.2 points and 4.9 as­sists.

The NCAA is push­ing back its dead­line for early en­trants to the NBA draft to with­draw and re­turn to school, though it will wait to set a new date. The dead­line was June 3, which would’ve come 10 days af­ter the com­ple­tion of the NBA scout­ing com­bine. But with the com­bine post­poned amid the coron­avirus pan­demic, NCAA se­nior vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball Dan Gavitt said Wed­nes­day that col­lege sports’ gov­ern­ing body won’t set a new dead­line un­til the NBA has de­ter­mined its re­vised time­line for the pre­draft process.

Ge­or­gia Tech and Ge­or­gia State an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the city ri­vals will play a three­game men’s se­ries be­gin­ning in De­cem­ber, their first matchup dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son since 2008. The Yel­low Jack­ets will host Ge­or­gia State on Dec. 16 at McCamish Pavil­ion, fol­lowed by an­other game on the Ge­or­gia Tech cam­pus dur­ing the 2021-22 sea­son. The Pan­thers will host the Jack­ets in 2022-23.

Court­ney Paris is re­turn­ing to Ok­la­homa as an as­sis­tant coach. Paris was the 2007 AP na­tional player of the year as a sopho­more and was se­lected Big 12 player of the year three times. She left Ok­la­homa with 20 NCAA Divi­sion I records. One of her most no­table feats was an NCAA-record 112 con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­bles. Paris joins the Soon­ers af­ter a 10-year WNBA play­ing ca­reer. She twice led the WNBA in re­bound­ing and won a ti­tle as a mem­ber of the Seat­tle Storm.

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