Former University of Minnesota basketball star Ray Williams died Friday. He was 58 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer last year.
A beat writer for northjersey.com who covers the New York Knicks, for whom Williams played in the NBA, tweeted the information and attributed it to the team.
Former Knicks guard Ray Williams, who was brought to NYC for his final days by the Knicks, has passed away according to the team.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) March 22, 2013
Williams played for the Gophers from 1975 to 1977, and was the 10th player selected in the 1977 NBA draft. A 6-foot-3 guard, he averaged 19 points per game with Minnesota. He played in the NBA for 10 seasons -- five of them with the Knicks.
Flip Saunders, his former Gophers teammate and later the coach of the Timberwolves, tweeted:
Very sad day Ray Williams friend former teammate at Minnesota and best athlete to step on court at The Barn passed away this morning RIP— Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) March 22, 2013
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