D-Will Wins Gold!
Aug. 24, 2008
Beijing, China -
Team USA defeated Spain in the Olympic Gold Medal Game on Sunday by the score of 118-107. With the victory, the U.S. completed an 8-0 sweep of its competition in Beijing and more importantly accomplished the "Redeem Team" mission of bringing gold back home to the United States.
Deron Williams, who earlier this summer became the first Fighting Illini to make the U.S. Olympic basketball team, is now the first Illini ever to win an Olympic basketball gold medal.
Williams had seven points, one assist, one rebound and one steal in 16 minutes of play vs. Spain. He made perhaps his biggest shot of the Olympics during the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer in a tight game with 7:30 left that gave the U.S. a seven-point lead.
Over the eight games in Beijing, Williams averaged 8 points in 19 minutes and was third on the team with 22 assists. But just as during his Illinois career, it was not about individual statistics. Instead, his focus only was on one thing: winning.
DERON WILLIAMS QUOTES
"It feels great for us to be the only anthem being played, we represented our country the right way."
On his overall Olympic experience...
Where this ranks in his athletic career...
Williams quotes courtesy of USA Basketball.