22 Facts About Corliss Williamson


Corliss Mondari Williamson was born on December 4,1973 and is an American basketball coach and former basketball player who played for four teams during his 12-year NBA career.

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Corliss Williamson last served as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns.

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Corliss Williamson's nickname is "Big Nasty", a moniker he received from his AAU coach when he was 13.

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Corliss Williamson played basketball at Russellville High School, where he achieved numerous accolades.

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Corliss Williamson was a three-time all-conference and all-state selection, and was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992.

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Corliss Williamson was named tournament MVP, but gave his medal to his teammate, Marcus Thompson, at the award podium.

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Corliss Williamson closed out his high school career with a selection to play in the 1992 McDonald's All-American Game.

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Corliss Williamson came in second in scoring to game MVP Othella Harrington, with fourteen points, and had ten rebounds.

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Corliss Williamson played at the University of Arkansas from 1992 to 1995.

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In three seasons at Arkansas, Corliss Williamson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1993, and was 1st Team All-SEC in 1993,1994, and 1995.

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Corliss Williamson finished his career at Arkansas with 1,728 points, which ranks 8th all-time in school history.

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Corliss Williamson was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Corliss Williamson's jersey is one of only two that have ever been retired by the University of Arkansas, along with Sidney Moncrief.

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Corliss Williamson is considered one of the five greatest players in school history.

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Corliss Williamson declared for the NBA draft following his junior season, and was selected by the Sacramento Kings as a lottery pick in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft.

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Corliss Williamson has the distinction of being one of the few professional basketball players to win championships at three different levels, AAU, the NCAA with Arkansas, and the NBA with Detroit.

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Corliss Williamson announced his retirement in September 2007 to become an assistant coach at Arkansas Baptist College.

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Corliss Williamson worked as a volunteer coach during his three years at Arkansas Baptist, succeeding Charles Ripley as the head coach for his final season at the school.

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On March 12,2010, Corliss Williamson was announced as the men's head basketball coach at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

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On June 29,2016, it was announced that Corliss Williamson had left the Kings to take an assistant coaching position with the Orlando Magic under new head coach Frank Vogel.

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On May 22,2018, it was announced that Corliss Williamson would be hired by the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under new head coach Igor Kokoskov.

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However, when Kokoskov was fired after his only season as head coach for the Suns, Corliss Williamson would be fired alongside the rest of the team's coaching staff that season.

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