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Former NBA guard Mo Williams named Alabama State Head Coach

Fourteen-year NBA veteran Mo Williams has been named men’s basketball coach at Alabama State.

Williams has spent the past two seasons at Cal State University Northridge as an assistant with Mark Gottfried, his former coach at Alabama.

“It’s a great day to be a Hornet,” Williams said in a school release Tuesday. “I am extremely excited to become part of the family, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Go Hornets!”

Williams takes over Lewis Jackson, who resigned in March after 15 years as coach of the Hornets. “We are excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program as we moved forward into this new era,” Alabama State athletic director Jennifer Lynne Williams.

“Mo Williams checked the boxes that we were looking for in the next head coach of Alabama State men’s basketball, and his passion and leadership speak volumes. He is no stranger to the South, having played high school basketball in Mississippi and college basketball in Alabama.”

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Williams was a Parade All-American at Murrah High in Jackson, Mississippi.

Williams, a 6-foot-1 guard, was a standout at Alabama from 2001-03 and helped the Crimson Tide to the SEC regular season title as a freshman and earned Sporting News National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2002.

Williams averaged 16.4 points per game during his sophomore season.

After two campaigns at Alabama, Williams was selected No. 47 overall in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.

He is best recognized for the time he spent in Cleveland — two stints from 2008-11 and back again for the 2015-16 season when the Cavaliers won the NBA title. 

He averaged 13.2 points per match during his career which also included stops with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets.

Williams will take over a program that won 207 matches during Jackson’s tenure and made three NCAA tournament appearances. However, the Hornets were 8-24 this past season and struggled with an early out-of-conference schedule that included Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kansas State, Oregon, Houston and VCU. 

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