Legendary Maryland head coach Gary Williams will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday.
On Wednesday, he appeared on ESPN 980 and revealed who would introduce him at the ceremony -- former North Carolina and NBA star Billy Cunningham.
“You have to pick a Hall of Fame member,” Williams said on the radio. “I played against him -- not well -- but I played against him when he was at North Carolina, I was at Maryland. Then I’ve really gotten to know him well the last 10 years. He’s just a great guy in addition to being one of the Top 50 all-time NBA players.”
Cunningham played for North Carolina from 1962-65 before being drafted No. 5 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1965 NBA Draft.
That overlapped with Williams’ time at Maryland, where the Terrapin played from 1964-67.
Both would go on to careers on the sidelines once their playing days were done. Cunningham won an NBA title with Philadelphia in 1983. Williams, of course, won a national title with Maryland in 2002.