CINCINNATI - Xavier University on Tuesday announced the team has added former Musketeer and NBA player Aaron Williams as a temporary assistant on Chris Mack's coaching staff.
Williams, who played 14 years in the NBA, will serve as an assistant while coach Kareem Richardson continues his recovery after recent surgery. Richardson hopes to return to the bench in late December.
"First and foremost, Kareem is well on his way to a full recovery," said Mack. "Our basketball family has been praying for him every day in hopes that he will be re-joining the program in a few weeks. While Kareem is away, Aaron will be a valuable part of our program. He will be on the floor coaching every single day of practice and in games. His experience as a 14-year NBA player will be invaluable to each player in our program, particularly our posts. And it's always great to catch up with one of your best friends from college too."
Williams scored 1,073 points (tied for 42nd in school history), grabbed 713 rebounds (16th in school history) and blocked 197 shots (second to only David West) while he played at Xavier. He played on three NCAA Tournament teams and helped Xavier win three Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championship during his four years at the school.
After graduating in 1993 Williams signed with the Utah Jazz as a college free agent. He also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Vancouver Grizzlies (now Memphis), Seattle Sonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers before retiring in 2008.