At Portland State, Freeman Williams scored the second-most points in Division I college basketball history (behind only LSU’s Pete Maravich). Williams later played Duck Johnson in “White Men Can’t Jump.”
Between, Williams had a nice NBA career.
Williams, who had an eclectic and distinguished basketball experience, died at age 65.
One of the greatest college basketball players from the Pacific Northwest, Freeman Williams passed away on Tuesday, April 19.
Drafted No. 8 in 1978, Williams began his career with the San Diego Clippers. With his smooth shooting, he quickly became a proficient scorer. Williams averaged 16 points in 22 minutes per game over three-plus seasons with the Clippers. His points per minute during his first four seasons stands as the 10th-most in NBA history.
But his production dipped considerably with trades to the Atlanta Hawks (for Dominque Wilkins) then Utah Jazz. After a brief stint with the Washington Bullets, Williams was out of the NBA after just six seasons. He fell on hard times in retirement
In a strange coincidence, the other player Atlanta sent to Utah for Wilkins – John Drew – also died recently.