Former Alabama and NBA basketball player, Mo Williams, accepted his first collegiate head coaching job today. The 13-year NBA veteran accepted the head coaching position at Alabama State today.

Williams played for the Crimson Tide for two seasons under Mark Gottfried in 2002-2003. In his freshman year Alabama finished with a 27-8 record and received a two-seed in the NCAA tournament. The guard from Jackson, Mississippi was named 2002 SEC Freshman of the Year. In 2003 he led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 16.4 points per game and earned Third Team All-SEC.

Williams left Alabama after two seasons and was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. He played for seven organizations across his 13-year career. Williams averaged 13.2 points  and 4.9 assists per game for his career. Williams averaged 17.8 points and four assists per game in 2009 and was named an NBA All-Star.

Williams was a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers team in 2016 that overcame a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals to capture the franchise's only championship.

In May of 2018 Williams was hired by Gottfried to assume an assistant coaching role at Cal State Northride.

Williams takes over at Alabama State, a program who has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2011. Last season the Hornets finished with an 8-24 record and finished seventh in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The programs last winning season came in 2014-15.

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