Jason Williams, a native of Plainfield, N.J., was a two-time national player of the year honoree on the hardwood while guiding Duke to a three-year record of 95-13 that included the 2001 NCAA championship. In his first season, he garnered National Freshman of the Year accolades from The Sporting News as well as ACC Tournament MVP honors. After averaging 21.6 points per game and helping the Blue Devils to the NCAA crown as a sophomore in 2001, Williams was honored as the National Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. His third and final campaign at Duke was highlighted by a second straight first team All-ACC citation as well as the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award as the nation’s top player.
In 108 career games, Williams, who led the ACC in scoring average as both a sophomore and junior, scored 2,079 points for a scoring average of 19.3 points per game. He went on to be the second overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, and on February 5, 2003 had his jersey #22 retired to the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium.