Former UCLA men’s basketball guard Kevin Williams passed away last Thursday evening from a heart attack at the age of 51, his family confirmed.
Williams averaged 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game in 39 contests during his three-year UCLA career. He played in 10 games as a freshman (1987-88), 20 games as a sophomore (1988-89) and nine contests as a junior (1989-90).
A contributor for UCLA off the bench, Williams served as a backup point guard to future NBA players Pooh Richardson and Darrick Martin. He was recruited to UCLA by head coach Walt Hazzard and spent his final two seasons playing for head coach Jim Harrick.
Through Williams’ three seasons with the Bruins, UCLA compiled an overall record of 59-35. UCLA advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1989 and 1990, reaching the Sweet 16 during his junior season (1990).
Williams enrolled at UCLA in the fall of 1987 after having graduated from Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles.
Williams is survived by his wife, Lavonne Williams; eight children – Monai, Mailon, Jonathan, Karaan, Jaelyn, Kevin Jr., Ryan and Kelly; his mother, Emma Williams-Collins, and stepfather, Ottaway Collins; his two older brothers – Kendric Knox and Kordell Knox; and his three grandchildren – Mason, Nathan and Nori.