Jerome Williams

Popularly known as Junk Yard Dog or JYD, Jerome Williams is an American former basketball player and revered fan-favourite who last played for the NBA’s New York Knicks and BIG 3’s team POWER.

Williams was first recognized for his remarkable basketball skills on his Magruder High School basketball team. He was then drafted in 1996 out of Georgetown Universityby the Detroit Pistons, playing with them for over four years and becoming one of their key reserves. It was during his time with the Pistons that Williams was nicknamed Junk Yard Dog (JYD) by Rick Mahorn and Grant Long; appropriately so for his “hard work” and “hustle”.

After playing for the Pistons, Williams went on to play for the Toronto Raptors, beginning February 22 of 2001 – something Jerome was so ecstatic about that he drove immediately from Detroit to Toronto after receiving the news. Spanning from 2002-2003 with the Toronto team, Williams averaged an astonishing 9.7 points per game – turning him into a notable and undeniably valuable key player.

It was in December of 2003 when Williams was traded again to the Chicago Bulls, averaging 6.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game from 2003-2004. During the offseason of 2004, Williams was traded yet again to the New York Knicks, but was waived by the team in 2005 as a result of the NBA’s new labor agreement – which prompted Williams to then announce a retirement from the court. On January 25, 2006, he rejoined the Raptors as their community representative. His love for Toronto is unique and always reciprocated – as Jerome was always greeted by the city with a standing ovation whenever he’d return in Bulls or Knicks gear.

1996 - 2001 : Detroit Pistons

2002 - 2003 : Toronto Raptors

2003 - 2004 : Chicago Bulls

2004 - 2005 : New York Knicks

During his nine seasons as an esteemed NBA player, Jerome Williams played in 587 games with an impressive average of 6.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Williams became Director of Player Development for the Findlay Prep, basketball team before becoming Associate Head Coach, and then being promoted to Head Coach in the summer of 2013, continuing on until 2014. Apart from his regular on-court appearances; Williams is no stranger to making appearances on-screen, as well – having landed a cameo role in the 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie “Full-Court Miracle”, in addition to a small role in the Canadian FBI show, “Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye”.

A charitable man and Global Ambassador; Williams joined the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program which aimed to teach the game of basketball as well as bring resources to underdeveloped areas in Africa, South America and Asia, among other places. Jerome once said; "When you teach kids, you want to make sure they do things they love to do. When you get that fulfillment in life, it automatically makes you a more joyful person”. Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams has contributed an accumulative 2 years (730 days) of community service time to the game of basketball.

 

Listed below are Jerome’s personal basketball accomplishments and awards, as well as his community contributions to the sport:

Jerome Williams

NBA Awards

  • 2005 - NBA Community Service Award
  • 2003 - NBA Community Service Award
  • 2002 - NBA Community Service Award
  • 2000 - Fannie Mae Home Team Award

Community Service Contributions and Basketball Camps, Clinics:

  • 2005 & 2006 –2 trips to the White House for his Community Service under Bush Admin
  • 2000 – 1st NBA Ambassador to China, and NBA Ambassador to Beijing
  • 2000 – 2017 – NBA Ambassador
  • 2002 and 2015 – Basketball Without Borders – China, Shanghai
  • 2003 and 2004 – South Africa – Basketball Without Borders
  • 2003 – Was the Botswana NBA Ambassador
  • 2009 – Canada, Calgary - U.S Sports Ambassador 09' Envoy
  • 2011 – Bahrain- U.S Sports Ambassador Envoy
  • 2012 – Became NBA Fit Ambassador
  • 2013 – Present - Became Las Vegas Chapter President
  • 2007 – 2014 – Was a Findlay Prep Volunteer Coach for 7 years and Head Coach of the 2013 Season with over 13 NBA players graduated
  • 2015 – Started up Shooting for Peace Programswhich raised $1.9 Million in Scholarships form HBCU’s for high school students. The program is currently servicing over 35,000 students in the USA and is ongoing.
  • 2017 –Voted NBRPA BOD
  • 2018 – Became President of Young3.org; a BIG3 Program dedicated to giving youth more opportunities to play 3-on-3 basketball
  • Started the Williams Endowment Montgomery College Scholarship Fund that has gifted over 35 scholarships too local & International students
  • Dedicated over500,000 hours Dedicated to Community Service through JYD Project, Positive Shades of Black, NBA & NBRPA LV chapter
  • Authored Student Financial Literacy, Reading, Health and Fitness books & programs
  • Made over 1000 Hospital, orphanage and school visits

Other Sports Ambassador Trips

  • 2007 – Philippines - JYD Project
  • 2009 – Israel- Sports Power
  • 2010 – South America- Basketball Without Borders
  • 2011 – Bahrain - U. S. Sports Ambassador
  • 2012 – India - Sports Power
  • 2015 – Belarus- Sports Power
  • 2015 – Shenzengn, China - NBA Ambassador
  • 2016 – Mexico City, Mexico - NBA Ambassador
  • 2016 – Beijing, China - NBA Ambassador
  • 2017 – Shanghai, China - NBA Ambassador
  • 2017 – Nigeria, Africa - NBA Ambassador
  • 2017 – Bafokeng, South Africa - NBA Ambassador
  • 2017 – HaidaGwaii, Canada - NBA Ambassador
  • 2017 -- Saskatoon, Canada - NBA Ambassador
  • 2017 -- NewFoundland, Canada - NBA Ambassador

Some Hall of Fame Player Contributions Include:

  • 1999 – (General Manager) – Wayne Embry
  • 2011– (Programs) – Tom “Satch” Sanders
  • 2012– Don Barksdale
  • 2014 – Nathaniel Clifton, 67 yrs old, 544 Games
  • 2017– (TV) – Rebecca Lobo 44 yrs old

 

Basketball Player Highs

  • 1993 – Became JUCO State MVP
  • 1995 – Lead Big East Conference in Rebounding & All Conf.
  • 1995 – Made the USA Men’s College Team that won Gold
  • 1996 – Made Elite 8, Big East All Conf. & NBA 1st Round Draft pick
  • 2000 – Led NBA in offensive Rebounds
  • 2001 – Runner-up 6th Man of the year
  • 2017 – Finalist Defensive Player of the year (at 44yrs. Old)

Coaching Highs (Findlay Prep)

  • 2008 – Volunteer Coach – Avery Bradley, DeAndreLiggins
  • 2009 – Volunteer Coach – Tristian Thompson & Cory Joseph
  • 2010 – Player Development Coach – Nick Johnson & Jorge Guertez
  • 2011 – Asst Coach – Anthony Bennett & Christian Wood
  • 2012 – Assc Head Coach – Nigel Williams-Goss
  • 2013 – Head Coach – Kelly Oubre, Rashad Vaughn, Dillon Brooks, Jonah Bolden, Justin Jackson & Craig Victor
  • 2013 – National High School Tournament Final Four