JEROME WILLIAMS | #31

JEROME WILLIAMS | #31

STATS & INFO

Position: Power Forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 206 lbs
Born: May 10, 1973
Birth place: Washington, DC
College: Georgetown

ALUMNI BIO

Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams was the energizer of the 1996 NCAA Men’s Basketball Big East Championship team, the Georgetown Hoyas. The two season he attended G-Town, he led the Hoyas and the Big East in rebounding. In 1996, Williams received the Raymond Medley Student Athlete award at Georgetown.

 Williams was then selected as the 26th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 1996 NBA Draft. During his 9 years in the NBA, Williams played for four teams – New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons. His 9.9 rebound average in 1999 while coming off the bench still remains one of the top in NBA history.

Williams was well known in the league for his defense and on-the-court toughness. A natural leader, he was nicknamed the “Junk Yard Dog”, and was a fan favorite in every city he played for. In 2000, Jerome was selected by other NBA players to serve as the Vice President of the NBA Players Association. 

Following his 2005 retirement from the NBA, Williams joined MSG Sports as a lead studio analyst for MSG Network’s coverage of NBA basketball, including the NBA Championship and made various TV and movie appearances. He then served as the NBA Community Ambassador from 2006-2007. He also joined the Toronto Raptors as their Legend Ambassador in 2006-2008 and again 2010-present.

Today, Williams is known for his work in the community, focusing his efforts on youth basketball development. Williams returned to basketball in 2017 for the BIG3 league. Williams helped the league introduce their community initiative, Young3, a joint venture with Adidas, that hosts skills clinics and 3-on-3 tournaments for kids in all 10 BIG3 cities. He now serves as the president of Young3.

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