Friday, May 28, 2010
Villanova Players by The Number: 20 is for Alvin Williams
The one thing that bothers me about the spite toward Steve Lappas is the failure to recognize some of the great players Villanova has ever had. Alvin Williams falls into the category of underappreciated Villanova stars. A point guard from Germantown Academy, Alvin was the floor general of the most exciting Villanova team in history, dishing the ball to the likes of Kerry Kittles, Eric Eberz, Jason Lawson and Chuck Kornegay. After the graduation of Kittles and Eberz, Williams became the focal point of the offense in the 1996-97 season pairing with Tim Thomas to form a formidable offensive duo. During his senior season, he averaged over 17 points a game while running the point (with some help from John Celestand.) When I think of Alvin, I remember his smile and his ability to take control on the floor. The combination of his ability and determination makes his long and prosperous NBA career (which ended in 2007) not surprising at all to someone who saw him play as much as I did. Until someone changes my mind, Alvin will always be one of my top 5 favorite Wildcats.