Walt Williams named to Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

Andy Kwong

Walt Williams, also known as "The Wiz", is a former University of Maryland All-American and NBA veteran. On Thursday, he was inducted into Maryland State's Athletic Hall of Fame, which adds to his extensive list of accomplishments.

He went on to play for the Maryland Terrapins from 1988 to 1992. He made the Associated Press Second-Team All-American and a First-Team All-ACC in his senior season. During that year with the Terps, he set a school-record of 26.8 points per game. He also averaged 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals that season. 

Williams was credited for turning Terps basketball into one of the premier programs in the country. The Maryland Terrapins at the time were dealing with NCAA violations from former coach Bob Wade. After he resigned, Williams opted to stay a Terp with his Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams.

His impressive career got recognized in the NBA. He was the seventh overall pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 1992 NBA Draft. He made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team his first year as a professional basketball player. 

The former small forward bounced around the league after four seasons in Sacramento. He played for the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and the Dallas Mavericks. In his 11-year career, he started in 409 of 708 games. He scored 8,385 points with a field goal percentage of 42.5.

He is currently the Terps baskeball radio analyst and was inducted to the Terps Hall of Fame in 2005. He joins Ali Andrzejewski (Soccer), Steve Krulevitz (Tennis), Rob Shek (Lacrosse) and Mark Teixeira (Baseball) for the Class of 2019. Information on the induction can be found here.