Shammond Williams. Hearing that name takes a number of you back, I'll bet. There are just certain names that bring you to a younger time, a different era of basketball. He also has such a perfect basketball name. Shammond Williams.
I bring up Mr. Williams' name because the man has a new gig, and it's in college basketball. Williams, who happens to be a cousin of Kevin Garnett, is now an assistant coach at Tulane. The school announced the hire on Wednesday.
Williams is not new to the college coaching game, however. After retiring from pro ball in 2011, he spent last season as an assistant at Furman, which fired its head coach in March. Williams was out of a job. But with the recent departure of Tulane assistant Doug Novak (who left to take a head gig coaching D-III Bethel University in Minnesota), Green Wave coach Ed Conroy had a spot to fill.
Williams is the man to fill it.
"He brings energy, a passion for the game and a strong work ethic to our program along with playing experiences that include a highly successful NBA and professional playing career," Conroy said in a statement.
Williams was taken in the second round of the '98 draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played with seven NBA teams from 1998-2007, then moonlighted for four years in Europe. At UNC, Williams made three Final Fours, back in the Rasheed Wallace/Vince Carter/Antawn Jamison days. (I'm getting a nostalgia overload right now.)
"He is a talented teacher of the game who is driven to help our student-athletes develop on and off the floor and will make a tremendous impact in our player development," Conroy added in his statement. "I am eager to witness the relationships Shammond is able to cultivate within our program and on the recruiting trail while sharing all his basketball and life experiences."
Tulane will enter its fourth season under Conroy in the fall, coming off a 20-win season last year, his first with the Green Wave.