Jerome Williams, a former NBA player known as the “Junkyard Dog” and whose career included a stint with the Knicks, is the new head coach at Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep, multiple sources told SNY.tv.
Williams, a Georgetown alum and volunteer assistant the last two seasons, takes over for Todd Simon, who recently took a job as an assistant with UNLV.
“I’ve been offered NBA jobs, coaching jobs, front-office jobs, and I’ve turned them down,” Williams told the Las Vegas Review Journal before he took the job. “The job itself isn’t really the attraction. It’s more or less the people. I’m attracted to talent, kids I feel that I can take to the next level.”
Williams was the No. 26 pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 1996 NBA Draft and had a nine-year NBA career with Detroit, the Toronto Raptors, the Chicago Bulls and and the Knicks.
Findlay Prep has been a perennial national power that has won three ESPN NHSI championships and produced NBA first-round picks Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph — all Canadians.
This year’s team will feature Rashad Vaughn, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2014, as well as Canadian imports Dillon Brooks and Jalen Poyser.Follow Adam Zagoria on TwitterAnd like ZAGS on Facebook
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