Jay Williams

Who is Jay Williams?

Jason David Williams was born on 10 September 1981, in Plainfield, New Jersey USA, and is now a television analyst, a former basketball player best known for playing college basketball with the Duke University Blue Devils, followed by a brief stint in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

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The Wealth of Jay Williams

How rich is Jay Williams? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $4 million, earned through a successful career in the sports industry. Despite his playing career ending early, he later found more opportunities on television, and as he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

High School and College Basketball

Jay grew up in Plainfield where he attended St. Joseph High School, finding success in numerous sports, excelling greatly in basketball though he also played chess, soccer, and volleyball for the school’s varsity teams. In basketball he was named New Jersey Player of the Year, a McDonald’s All-American, and a recipient of the 1999 Morgan Wotten Award. After matriculating, he enrolled at Duke University, where he played for the school basketball team, the Blue Devils.


He became one of the few freshmen in the school’s history to average double figures in scoring, earning him the ACC Rookie of the Year Award. In 2001, he helped his team get to the NCAA National Championship, and broke Dick Groat’s record for points in a season. He set the NCAA Tournament record for three points attempted, and was the first Duke player to lead the league in scoring since Danny Ferry. His achievements earned him the Naismith Award and Wooden Award, as he became the College Basketball Player of the Year in 2002. He was the sixth all-time Duke Scorer, and alongside Shane Battier is the only Duke to score over 700 points in a season. His jersey was retired.

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Posted by Jay Williams on Saturday, January 14, 2017

NBA Career and Accident

In 2002 Williams graduated with a degree in Sociology, then during the 2002 NBA Draft, he was selected as the second overall pick by the Chicago Bulls, after the Houston Rockets selected Yao Ming. He played in the 2002 FIBA World Championship, being a starter in the Bulls lineup for most of the season, however, his performance was inconsistent and he split playing time with Jamal Crawford. He did show promise by posting a triple-double against the New Jersey Nets.


The following year, Williams crashed his motorcycle into a streetlight in Chicago, while not wearing a helmet, and being unlicensed to drive a motorcycle in Illinois, plus violating the terms of his Bulls contract which didn’t allow him to ride a motorcycle. He severed a main nerve in his leg, suffered a fractured pelvis, and dislocated his ACL. He had to undergo physical therapy to regain the use of his leg, meantime the Bulls drafted a new point guard, Kirk Hinrich. as it became clear Williams was not returning any time soon.

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After the Injury

For violating his contract, Jay was waived by the Bulls and the organization didn’t need to pay him, but they gave him $3 million anyway for future rehabilitation expenses. During this time, he became addicted to illegal pain killers, and while recovering tried his hand at college broadcasts with ESPN, as a commentator. In 2006, he signed a non-guaranteed contract with the New Jersey Nets, but was waived a month later. He then signed with the NBA Development League Austin Toros, but was waived due to injury.


He subsequently announced that he no longer had plans to continue his basketball career, though he did tryout with the Miami Heat. He returned to ESPN to become a college basketball analyst, and he also works with the CBS College Sports Network, and has become a motivational speaker. For a few years, he worked for sports agency Ceruzzi Sports as a recruiter, and released his autobiography entitled “Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention” in 2016. He is currently the Spokesperson for Visions Federal Credit Union.

Personal Life

For his personal life, it is known that Williams was previously in a relationship with fellow sports broadcaster Charissa Thompson, who worked for ESPN before returning to Fox Sports. They had a one year relationship, though it has been reported that they have been spotted several times in public together since their supposed break-up.

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He later admitted that his decision to ride a motorcycle without even taking a single riding class was the epitome of his arrogance. He mentioned that the incident was a point in his life where he realized that he had thrown it all away. It took a long time for him to fully recover from the incident, both physically and emotionally.

Sources and references:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZVPGNfpVGTA4xzmqDzE0-g
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Williams_(basketball)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1034304/
https://www.facebook.com/public/Jay-Williams
https://twitter.com/realjaywilliams/status/972507521452830721?lang=en
https://www.instagram.com/realjaywilliams/?hl=en

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