Henry Williams (basketball)

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Henry Williams
Personal information
Born(1970-06-06)June 6, 1970
Indianapolis, Indiana
DiedMarch 13, 2018(2018-03-13) (aged 47)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolBen Davis (Indianapolis, Indiana)
CollegeCharlotte (1988–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career1992–2002
PositionShooting guard
Career history
1992–1993Wichita Falls Texans
1993–1995Scaligera Verona
1995–1999Benetton Treviso
1999–2000Virtus Roma
2000–2001Scaligera Verona
2002Basket Napoli
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
Men's Basketball
Representing  United States
FIBA World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Buenos Aires
Goodwill Games
Silver medal – second place 1990 Seattle

Henry Williams (June 6, 1970 – March 13, 2018), nicknamed, "Hi-Fly", was an American professional basketball player.

College career[edit]

Williams played college basketball for UNC Charlotte, under head coach Jeff Mullins, from 1988 through 1992. From his four years with the Charlotte 49ers, Williams remains the 49ers' all-time leading scorer, with 2,383 points. The school has also retired his number 34 jersey. He helped lead the 49ers to the 1992 NCAA Tournament, and to an 1989 NIT berth.

Professional career[edit]

Williams was drafted in the second round (44th overall), in the 1992 NBA draft, by the San Antonio Spurs, but he never played in the NBA for the team. He spent the majority of his professional career in Europe. During his 10-year overseas career, Williams played for Italian teams Scaligera Verona, Treviso, and Roma, winning an Italian League championship in 1997, coached by Mike D'Antoni and posting a career scoring average in the Italian League, of 21.7 points per game.[1] He was the Italian League MVP in 1996 and he won the 1998–99 FIBA Saporta Cup, being chosen as FIBA Saporta Cup Finals MVP. During his long Italian stay, Williams was nicknamed "Hi-Fly" and "Sprite of Indianapolis" and became the favorite of Verona and Treviso supporters.[2]

National team career[edit]

Williams was a member of the senior Team USA national basketball team. With Team USA, he won a bronze medal at the 1990 FIBA World Cup.[3]

Post-playing career[edit]

During the 2004–05 NBA season, Williams was the Charlotte Bobcats' additional on-air talent.[4]

He was the pastor of New Zion Missionary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.[4] Williams died on March 13, 2018, of kidney disease.[5]


  1. ^ "LEGABASKET SERIE A LEGABASKET SERIE A". web.legabasket.it. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Basket, è morto Hi Fly Williams: tricolore a". www.gazzetta.it. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ Henry Jr. WILLIAMS (USA).
  4. ^ a b Bobcats Announce Additional On-Air Talent For 2004-05 Season Archived 2009-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Scott, David (March 14, 2018). "Charlotte 49ers basketball great Henry Williams dies". The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.

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