BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the hiring of Shammond Williams and Quannas White as assistant coaches for the 2016-17 season.Williams and White — former standout players at major college programs — both join the Hilltoppers after serving on the staff at Tulane.
“Shammond and Quannas are both quality people who come from winning pedigrees,” Stansbury said. “The thing that excites me about them is they are good, young guys who are close friends and have worked together before. The transition will be easy for them. They’re not just great recruiters, but they’re good people who’ve been involved with winning programs. We’re excited to have them at Western Kentucky.”
Williams, a former college and NBA star, spent the previous three years as an assistant coach for Tulane.
Williams spent one season as an assistant coach at Furman prior to going to Tulane. The Greenville, S.C., native brings strong recruiting ties to WKU and has served as a counselor at the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Skill Academies.
Prior to coaching, Williams played basketball professionally for 13 years in the NBA and Europe. A second-round choice of the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Draft, Williams earned time with seven NBA franchises over his career, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic.
Williams played seven seasons overseas and helped Spanish club FC Barcelona to the European semifinals in 2006. A naturalized citizen of the Republic of Georgia, he has represented Georgia internationally and claimed Most Valuable Player honors at the 2005 Euro Challenge All-Star Game.
A four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, Williams helped guide the Tar Heels to three NCAA Final Four appearances in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Williams — who played alongside Rasheed Wallace, Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter during his career at North Carolina — competed …