Former NBA player Walt Williams becomes first Sportsnight celebrity guest

More than two months before the event, the Hanover Rotary Club has announced its first guest and a new site for the 24th Hanover Rotary Sportsnight, Evening sun reported.

Spokesman Doug Seibel announced Friday that Walt “The Wizard” Williams, a former University of Maryland and NBA standout, has signed as the first celebrity to attend the annual showcase on Wednesday, Jan 23.

The event has moved from South Western High School, its location for the last several years, to the Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Social Hall in Brushtown.

That marks a return of the event to Adams County for the first time since it was formerly held at the McSherrystown Fire Company Social Hall.

Tickets for the Jan. 23 event, co-sponsored by Hanover Hospital, cost $30 per adult and $20 per student. A table of six reserved seats is available for $200 each. More information is available from Robert B. Miller at 717-630-1001 and at Riggle & Associates, LLC, 546 Broadway, Hanover.

Williams is the first former NBA player to attend the event since former Philadelphia 76ers forward Mark Hendrickson, also a former major league pitcher, attended.

Williams, who played for the University of Maryland from 1988-92, broke Len Bias’ season scoring record in his senior year by tallying 776 points. He also competed for the United States in 1991 at the Pan American Games

Williams then was a first-round pick of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in the 1992 NBA Draft.

He eventually played 11 seasons in the league. After four seasons with Sacramento, he was traded with teammate Tyrone Corbin to Miami for former Carlisle High standout Billy Owens and Kevin Gamble in 1996.

After signing as a free agent with Toronto in 1996, Williams then was traded with Damon Stoudamire and Carlos Rogers to Portland in a deal which includes Kenny Anderson, Alvin Wiliams and Gary Trent. Williams then joined another trade as he, Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Rogers and Brian Shaw were traded to Houston for Scottie Pippen in 1999.

Williams then signed as a free agent with Dallas in 2002 and ended his career after the 2002-03 season.

Over his NBA career, Williams appeared in 708 games (409 started), averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 40 points against Philadelphia in 1993.

He also played in 35 NBA playoff games, principally in a reserve role, and averaged 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.


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