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Former NBA Player; CEO of Rising Stars Youth Foundation; ESPN Analyst

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Jay Williams Biography

ESPN Analyst and Bestselling Author Jay Williams is considered one of the most prolific college basketball players in history. The #2 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Williams is an analyst on College GameDay and a regular commentator on ESPN and ESPN2’s weeknight studio coverage.

Following a motorcycle accident in 2003, Williams was forced to retire from basketball after just one season with the Chicago Bulls. Rather than letting the near-fatal accident destroy his future, Williams parlayed his experience on the court into a successful career in broadcasting and business. Drawing from his time in recovery and building his brand, Williams has established himself as a premier keynote motivational speaker for various executive business conferences and charitable organizations nationwide.

His best-selling memoir, "Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention," focuses on the life-altering depression and ultimate healing that Williams underwent in the aftermath of his accident. The 2018 documentary web-series, "Best Shot," follows Williams as he mentors high school basketball players from Newark’s Central High School. Directed by Michael John Warren and executive produced by LeBron James, "Best Shot" is available on YouTube Red.

Williams joined at the start of the 2014-15 season as an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular college basketball program that originates from the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts. First joining ESPN in 2003, Williams became a full-time game and studio analyst in 2008. He was also an analyst for CBS College Sports Network in 2007, and a contributor to Fox Sports Radio in North Carolina.

Williams was drafted second by Chicago in the 2002 NBA Draft, just behind No. 1 pick Yao Ming, and started 54 of 75 games for the Bulls in the 2002-03 season. As a starter for three years at Duke, Williams won the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the John R. Wooden Award, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. He averaged double figures as a freshman, which helped earn him the ACC Rookie of the Year award in 2000 and recognition as a first-team All-America player.

An accomplished entrepreneur and spokesperson, Williams is the CEO and National Director of Special Events for Rising Stars Youth Foundation, using basketball as the vehicle to promote education and provide academic and financial assistance to students within the program.

He is a member of the NBA Retired Players Association, a voting member of the John Wooden Awards Committee and sits on the board of USA Basketball. Williams has also been a spokesperson for Athletic Advantage, a sports physical therapy and performance development center in Durham, N.C.

The first athlete at Duke University to earn a degree in just three years, Williams graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business.

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Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention

Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention

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    Booking fees for Jay Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jay Williams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Jay Williams Biography

ESPN Analyst and Bestselling Author Jay Williams is considered one of the most prolific college basketball players in history. The #2 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Williams is an analyst on College GameDay and a regular commentator on ESPN and ESPN2’s weeknight studio coverage.

Following a motorcycle accident in 2003, Williams was forced to retire from basketball after just one season with the Chicago Bulls. Rather than letting the near-fatal accident destroy his future, Williams parlayed his experience on the court into a successful career in broadcasting and business. Drawing from his time in recovery and building his brand, Williams has established himself as a premier keynote motivational speaker for various executive business conferences and charitable organizations nationwide.

His best-selling memoir, "Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention," focuses on the life-altering depression and ultimate healing that Williams underwent in the aftermath of his accident. The 2018 documentary web-series, "Best Shot," follows Williams as he mentors high school basketball players from Newark’s Central High School. Directed by Michael John Warren and executive produced by LeBron James, "Best Shot" is available on YouTube Red.

Williams joined at the start of the 2014-15 season as an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular college basketball program that originates from the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts. First joining ESPN in 2003, Williams became a full-time game and studio analyst in 2008. He was also an analyst for CBS College Sports Network in 2007, and a contributor to Fox Sports Radio in North Carolina.

Williams was drafted second by Chicago in the 2002 NBA Draft, just behind No. 1 pick Yao Ming, and started 54 of 75 games for the Bulls in the 2002-03 season. As a starter for three years at Duke, Williams won the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the John R. Wooden Award, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. He averaged double figures as a freshman, which helped earn him the ACC Rookie of the Year award in 2000 and recognition as a first-team All-America player.

An accomplished entrepreneur and spokesperson, Williams is the CEO and National Director of Special Events for Rising Stars Youth Foundation, using basketball as the vehicle to promote education and provide academic and financial assistance to students within the program.

He is a member of the NBA Retired Players Association, a voting member of the John Wooden Awards Committee and sits on the board of USA Basketball. Williams has also been a spokesperson for Athletic Advantage, a sports physical therapy and performance development center in Durham, N.C.

The first athlete at Duke University to earn a degree in just three years, Williams graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business.

Jay Williams Videos

  • Jay Williams: Life is Not an Accident
  • Jay Williams - Double Standard: Players' POV
  • Jay Williams Talks NBA Ending Accident, Suicide, and Reinvention ...

Jay Williams Books

FAQs on booking Jay Williams

  • How to book Jay Williams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jay Williams for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jay Williams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jay Williams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jay Williams?

    Booking fees for Jay Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jay Williams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jay Williams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jay Williams for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jay Williams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jay Williams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jay Williams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jay Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jay Williams for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Jay Williams generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brandon Marshall, Cris Carter, Simone Biles, Herschel Walker and Karamo Brown. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jay Williams for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jay Williams Speaker Videos

  • Jay Williams: Life is Not an Accident
    Jay Williams - Double Standard: Players' POV
  • Jay Williams Talks NBA Ending Accident, Suicide, and Reinvention ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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