Sports Keynote Speaker Jay Williams

Jay Williams

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Sports Keynote Speaker Jay Williams is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. Jay was a skilled point guard who starred for the Duke Blue Devils and for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. He was destined for a long, prosperous NBA career before getting involved in a motorcycle accident that effectively ended his professional basketball career in 2003. Life without basketball became a reality for Jay. He lost everything he thought was important and felt the pains of depression. But he was resilient. He found the strength to set news goals for himself and he has found new life as a motivational speaker and TV analyst. Jay has authored a memoir about his life that is set to release in February of 2016.

Jay arrived on Duke’s campus in the fall of 1999. He was a touted freshman who would go on to win the ACC Rookie of the Year Award and the National Freshman of the Year Award from The Sporting News. He was unstoppable on the offensive end and a ferocious defender. In 2001, Jay was a catalyst on the National Championship team that beat Arizona with help from Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy, Jr. and Carlos Boozer. Jay was named the NABC Player of the Year for 2001. He followed that season with a stellar effort in 2002, taking home the Naismith Award and the Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year.

The Chicago Bulls took Jay with the 2nd pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He worked his way onto the starting lineup by midseason and was showing promise as the NBA’s new elite back court threat. The wreck during the offseason that year was devastating.

During rehabilitation Sports Keynote Speaker Jay Williams began to get his feet wet in commentating college basketball games for ESPN. Now he has found his home at the network as a featured analyst.

Life hasn’t gone exactly as planned for Jay, but he finds strength in what can be.