Bernie Williams (basketball)

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Bernie Williams
Personal information
Born (1945-12-30) December 30, 1945 (age 72)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school DeMatha Catholic
(Hyattsville, Maryland)
College La Salle (1966–1969)
NBA draft 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
Playing career 1969–1974
Position Point guard
Number 18, 35, 11
Career history
19691971 San Diego Rockets
19711974 Virginia Squires
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 2,622 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds 523 (1.8 rpg)
Assists 556 (2.0 apg)
Stats at

Bernard "Bernie" Williams (December 30, 1945 – c. 2002[citation needed]) was an American basketball player who attended DeMatha Catholic High School, a college preparatory high school in Hyattsville, Maryland near Washington, D.C. In 1965 he was a senior and a starter on the DeMatha team that beat New York City's Power Memorial Academy 46-43 on January 30. Power, led by 7' 1" senior Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) had won 71 games in a row. Sports writers at the time and later called it the greatest high school basketball game ever.

Williams went on to play at La Salle University for four years. As a senior in 1968–69, he averaged 18.4 points per game and led La Salle to a 23-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking. Unfortunately, the Explorers were ineligible for the NCAA and the National Invitational tournaments because of academic and recruiting violations in prior years. In the 1969 NBA draft, Williams was selected by the San Diego Rockets. He played with the Rockets until 1971 and then played three seasons with the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association alongside Julius Erving. In 1982, Williams was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame. He died of corectal cancer in 2002.[citation needed]


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