Mo Williams, the 2016 NBA champion and 2009 All-Star guard is reportedly leaving Alabama State to become the next coach of the Jackson State men’s basketball team, according to Stadium‘s Jeff Goodman. Williams is a Jackson, Mississippi ,native.
The report came out on the heels of current JSU men’s basketball coach Brent Wayne announcing his retirement last week after nine seasons with the program. He leaves a legacy of coaching championship teams at metro Jackson high schools, as well as a stint at Ole Miss. Wayne will coach the Tigers on March 9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament.
For the past two seasons at Alabama State, Williams has coached the Hornets to a 13-35 overall record and 12-24 SWAC record. During his playing career, Williams was best known for scoring 52 points in a game with the Minnesota Timberwolves and being a key teammate of LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During his tenure at JSU, “Coach Prime” has embraced multi-sport athletes on his football team, including a couple of baseball players and Malachi Wideman, a Tennessee transfer who played on the men’s basketball team in the 2022 season. Bringing on Williams falls in the line with the school’s big-name coaches, joining three-time SWAC champion and women’s basketball coach Tomekia Reed.