Ex-NBA guard Mo Williams takes over Alabama State program

The Associated Press
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams celebrates after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams celebrates after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State's new head coach.

The historically black college announced his hiring on Tuesday. Williams spent 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

He played with Utah as a rookie and had stints with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets. Williams also had two stops with the Cavaliers, retiring after the championship season.

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Williams spent the past two seasons as an assistant for California State University at Northridge, under coach Mark Gottfried.

Gottfried was Williams' coach at Alabama.

Williams was an All-star in his first season in Cleveland, in 2008-09, when he averaged a career-best 17.8 points per game. Over his career, Williams averaged 13.2 points and 4.9 assists.

He will be formally introduced at a virtual press conference next week.

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