LIFE AFTER JEROME “JUNKYARD DOG” WILLIAMS!

jerome_williams_allen_iversonGeorgetown: Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams, Grew up in Germantown, Maryland.  He grew up watching the Hoyas play and admired their hard nose, suffocating defensive press that they put on teams.  In 1992, unable to pursue his dreams and play at Georgetown, the undersized 6 “2”, Jerome Williams attended Jr. College for 2 years.  After his second year thanks to a growth spurt, From 6 “2” – 6 “9”, Williams went from Jr college to Georgetown and became one of the program’s most proficient rebounders and was often compared to as the “Dennis Rodman without the attitude”.  Williams was able to help  elevate the Georgetown defense.  Williams avg. 31 minutes per game and 10 boards to go with it.  He became the first forward since Reggie Williams to lead the team in rebounds.

download (1)After Jerome Williams graduated from Georgetown, he wasn’t sure if he would be drafted and was ready to go to work at an accounting firm but that would be short lived because Williams was selected in 1996 NBA Draft with the 26th pick in the first round by the Detroit Pistons.  Junkyard Dog played about 9 seasons in the league.  In his 9 seasons he played for the Pistons, Raptors, Bulls and finished in New York in 2005.  While his Career Stats was less than impressive; scoring 6.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg and avg. 1.1 spg, it was the little things that made him a Great Player! like being in the right place on the court for those great hustle plays that kept many of the teams that Jerome played for, in the game!
In 2009, Jerome Williams joined the Findlay Prep School as an asst. coach/player developer. he (Jerome Williams), along with asst. coach Andy Johnson has both played key roles into building Findlay Prep into a prominent H.S Basketball program that went 35-1 and has played their 5th National High School Invitational and finishing their season ranked #1 in the post season polls under former coach Todd Simon who is now the Head Coach at UNLV.Junkyard was a fan favorite in many arenas that he played in as he switched uniforms for opposing teams competing for a shot at the title.  with a 6-9 frame and weighing in at 200+lbs, he was tough to block out in the post and even harder to intimidate as well, thus earning the name “Junkyard Dog”. Right before the 2005 season the New York Knicks waived the crowd favorite to avoid the luxury taxes on his salary, as part of that time’s NBA’s new labor agreement.  Less than 48 hrs later Jerome Williams announced his retirement, and shortly after joined the NBA’s “Basket without Borders”.  Jerome Williams is a true humanitarian helping to teach the game of Basketball as well as helping to bring resources to undeveloped countries that need help and resources.

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With Todd Simon advancing onto the college ranks, this was the opportunity that Jerome Williams needed to stretch his skills and be promoted to the head coaching position at Findlay Prep this up coming 2013/14 basketball season.  The Findlay Prep program has produced seven McDonald’s All-Americans, seven Jordan Brand All-Americans and won 3 National High School Invitational titles in the past 5 seasons  This past June, alum Anthony Bennett was selected as the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.  A number of other Findlay Prep athletes have gone on to play in the NBA, including Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Avery Bradley (Boston), Cory Joseph (San Antonio), and DeAndre Liggins (Orlando).

After being awarded the Head coaching job at Findlay Prep, Jerome William made the following statement:  “I’m blessed and honored to be the next Head Coach of this elite program,” said Williams. “I thank the Findlay Education Foundation and Henderson International for allowing me to step into the shoes of Todd Simon and Michael Peck on a quest to win another National Championship and produce productive college scholarship student athletes.”

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