College basketball coaching changes tracker: NBA veteran Mo Williams hired at Alabama State

Mo Williams, a 14-year NBA veteran who won an NBA title with the Cavaliers in 2016 before entering the college coaching ranks landed his first Division I head job. Alabama State announced Tuesday that Williams, 37, will be its next basketball coach. 

Williams has been an assistant at Cal State Northridge the last two seasons but is plenty familiar with the south. The former NBA All-Star is from Mississippi and played college basketball at Alabama before he was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft.

Lewis Jackson resigned as Alabama State’s coach in March after 15 seasons. The Hornets finished the 2019-20 season 8-24 (7-11 SWAC) but have historically fielded solid teams. The program made four NCAA Tournament appearances between 2001 and 2011.

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

Williams played for the Jazz, Bucks, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves, Hornets and twice for the Cavaliers in a pro career spanning 2003 to 2016. He made an All-Star game appearance in 2009 during his first stint with Cleveland when he was the second-leading scorer behind LeBron James on a 66-win team.

James and Williams reunited in Cleveland for the 2015-16 season, which culminated in an NBA title in what ended up being Williams’ final season as an active player in the league.

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