Former Illini star Deron Williams has been named to the USA Basketball Senior National Team that will compete in the 2007 FIBA Americas Chacmpionship, Aug. 22-Sept. 2.
Aug. 21, 2007
Las Vegas, Nev. - Following six days of training in Las Vegas, USA Basketball has announced its official roster that will represent the United States in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, Aug. 22-Sept. 2.
Utah Jazz point guard and former Illini All-American Deron Williams is one of 12 members of the USA Basketball Senior National Team. Joining Williams on the squad are Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets); Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); and Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns).
Williams had a breakout season for the Jazz as a second-year pro in 2006-07, averaging 16.2 points and ranking second in the NBA in assists with an average of 9.3 apg. He helped lead the Jazz to a Northwest Division title and the 2007 Western Conference Finals. Williams garnered much national attention during Utah's postseason run, averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 assists in the playoffs.
One of the greatest players in the history of the Illini basketball program, Williams was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a consensus All-American while on campus. He helped lead the UI to an NCAA record-tying 37 wins during the 2004-05 season and a runner-up finish in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, marking the UI's first-ever appearance in the national championship game. Williams ranks 36th on the Illini all-time scoring list with 1,111 career points and ranks third in school history with 594 career assists. He also set a school record for single-season assists with 264 in 2004-05. Williams became the highest draft pick in school history when he was selected third overall in the lottery of the 2005 NBA Draft.
For more information on the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team and a complete schedule of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, please visit the official website of USA Basketball.