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Jay Williams

Jay Williams

Keynote Speaker: Former NBA Player; CEO of Rising Stars Youth Foundation; ESPN Analyst

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Jay Williams Biography

An accomplished producer, entrepreneur, and spokesperson, Jay Williams is an NBA Host for ESPN and the network’s voice for collegiate basketball. He is one of the most prolific college basketball players in history, having been named a two-time National Player of the Year while at Duke University, and was the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Williams is also the New York Times bestselling author of "Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention" and an acclaimed speaker for executive business conferences and charitable organizations nationwide.

Williams became an ESPN full-time game and studio analyst in 2008, after working for the network as a commentator in 2003. Williams joined at the start of the 2014-15 season as an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay – the popular Saturday morning and evening college basketball program that originates from the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts. He was a constant on ESPN and ESPN2’s weeknight studio coverage, called select college games throughout the year and had previously called the ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series.

Before joining ESPN, Williams was an analyst in 2007 for CBS College Sports Network, primarily working the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He previously was a contributor to Fox Sports Radio 99.9 The Fan in North Carolina.

As a starter for three years at Duke, Williams won the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Williams averaged 19.3 points per game, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds for the Blue Devils, while shooting .453 from the floor and .393 from 3-point range. He also led Duke to a 95-13 (.880) record and the 2001 NCAA National Championship. He averaged double figures as a freshman, which helped earn him the ACC Rookie of the Year award in 2000 and recognition as a first-team All-America player.

In his sophomore season with the Blue Devils, Williams shattered several school and NCAA records. With 841 points and a 25.7 ppg average, he topped Dick Groat’s 49-year-old record for most points in a season. Williams also set an NCAA Tournament record for 3-pointers attempted with 66. His 132 3-point field goals amounted to the sixth-highest total in NCAA history; his conference-leading 21.6 ppg designated him as the first Duke player to lead the ACC in scoring since Danny Ferry in 1989. Williams’ 6.1 assists ranked second in the league, while he also ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage (.427) and first in 3-pointers made (3.4 per game).

At the final game in his junior year, Williams’ No. 22 jersey was retired at Cameron Indoor Stadium. His jersey also has been retired at his elementary school and high school.

After being drafted by Chicago in the 2002 NBA Draft, Williams started 54 of 75 games for the Bulls in the 2002-03 season. During his first season in the NBA, his most memorable performance was a game against his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, during which Williams scored a triple-double. He also played for the U.S. National team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

He is a member of the NBA Retired Players Association, a voting member of the John Wooden Awards Committee and sits on the board of USA Basketball, and has been the spokesperson for Athletic Advantage, a sports physical therapy and performance development center in Durham, N.C.

In 2002, Williams graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business, becoming the first athlete at the university to earn a degree in just three years.

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Jay Williams Videos

Jay Williams: Life is Not an Accident
Jay Williams - Double Standard: Players' POV
Jay Williams Talks NBA Ending Accident, Suicide, and Reinvention ...

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Jay Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Basketball, Inspirational, Health, Diversity, Black Heritage, Mental Health and Overcoming Adversity.

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Jay Williams generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Jay Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Basketball, Inspirational and Health. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jay Williams for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Jay Williams generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brandon Marshall, Cris Carter and Ginger Zee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jay Williams for an upcoming event.

Jay Williams Videos

Jay Williams: Life is Not an Accident
Jay Williams - Double Standard: Players' POV
Jay Williams Talks NBA Ending Accident, Suicide, and Reinvention ...

Jay Williams News

  • Jay Williams Says Grayson Allen Should Trip All He Wants | TMZ.com

    Good news for Duke star Grayson Allen, Jay Williams just gave him a green light to do all the trippin' he wants.

  • Trendsetters at Work: Jay Williams | E! News

    Just ask The New York Times bestselling author of Life Is Not an Accident and ESPN analyst Jay Williams. The well-versed professional is not only insanely ...

  • Former Basketball Star Jay Williams Chases A New Dream

    With the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Jay Williams, the National Player of the Year from Duke. Williams was touted as the next Bulls superstar.

  • Jay Williams recalls the fateful day when he 'threw it all away'

    On the day I almost died, I remember waking from an afternoon nap to the full glory of the sun hanging over the lake like the tip of a sparkler. The master bedroom in my place in Chicago had floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound deck with a patio that connected to the living room. You could turn left and see the skyscrapers. Turn to the right and there was Lake Michigan, looking as limitless as an ocean. It was one of three modern-inspired units on the 40th floor of the Park Hyatt on Michigan Avenue. I had been there just about a year, and every time I opened the front door, I would step into the foyer in shock at how my life had drastically changed. It was spectacular.

  • Comeback Kid: Former NBA Player Jay Williams Becoming A Sports ...

    Following his NBA career, Jay Williams has parlayed his knowledge of basketball ... recruited by ESPN ESPN where he has become one of the networks leading ...

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