Jay Williams has been selected to be the guest speaker for the Argus Leader Media/Sanford Pentagon First Five awards ceremony that is happening on April 9. The purpose of the First Five ceremony is to honor the state’s best high school basketball players, and ticket to this event will be released later this spring. Williams is expected to not only discuss his life in the NBA and the challenges it took to get there, but also talk about his experience playing for Duke University whom he helped get to the 2001 NCAA National Championship. This is a great chance for the teenagers who are being honored this year to hear about what life is like in the pros and to listen to someone who has been in their shoes.
The Plainfield, New Jersey native excelled as a point guard on his high school basketball team, but also took part in several other sports as well. After graduating from St. Joseph High School, Williams went on to attend Duke University where he became the only freshman players to average double numbers in scoring and was even named the ACC Rookie of the Year and the National Freshman of the Year. He entered the 2002 NBA Draft and was selected by the Chicago Bulls as the second overall pick, and Williams stayed with them for two years before getting into a horrible motorcycle accident. The basketball star attempted to come back to basketball in 2006, three years later, but things didn’t go well and he had to retire due to the injuries.
Williams will be the speaker for this year’s Argus Leader media Sanford Pentagon First Five awards ceremony that is happening this spring to honor star high school athletes. More than likely Williams will be talking about all the difficulties he had to go throw both before and after his life-changing accident, and it should be a very motivational talk.