One of the most decorated and celebrated players in Duke history can now call himself a Hall-of-Famer as Jay Williams was announced as a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 on Wednesday.
Williams is the sixth member of the Duke men’s basketball program to earn induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, and the first since Grant Hill in 2014. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was enshrined in Kansas City in 2006.
Williams is joined in the eight-man class by Tim Duncan (Wake Forest), Cleo Hill (Winston-Salem State), Scott May (Indiana), Rick Mount (Purdue), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin), Paul Silas (Creighton) and John Stockton (Gonzaga). The group will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.
Williams is among the most decorated players to ever wear a Duke uniform. His teams went 95-13 during his three years in Durham, including a national title run in 2001 where the Blue Devils won each of their six tournament games by double figures.
The Plainfield, N.J., native was a two-time All-ACC first team selection, a two-time consensus All-American, the NABC Player of the Year in 2001 and the consensus National Player of the Year in 2002. Within Duke’s career record books, he still ranks second in both assists (6.0) and steals (2.2) per game, third in three-pointers made (313), fourth in total assists (644), sixth in total steals (235), seventh in scoring average (19.3) and eighth in total points (2,079).
He scored 841 points (21.6 per game) in 2000-01 to help lead Duke to its third national championship, a figure that still ranks second on Duke’s single-season chart.
Williams graduated from Duke in just three years before the Chicago Bulls made him the No. 2 overall selection in the 2002 NBA Draft. He currently works as a college basketball analyst for ESPN across the network’s various platforms.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 2006 with a group that included Coach K, Dr. James Naismith, the game’s inventor, and legendary former UCLA coach John Wooden.
Duke’s National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Members
Vic Bubas, 2007
Dick Groat, 2007
Grant Hill, 2014
Mike Krzyzewski, 2006
Christian Laettner, 2010
Jay Williams, 2017