Interview: ESPN’s Jay Williams Gives His Final Four Picks, POY And More


It’s that magical time of year again. When guys who barely made their high school basketball teams 10 years ago, suddenly become college basketball gurus. The weekend warriors and Urban Pro League all stars break out brackets and front like they’re young Dick Vitale’s. So for some real insight, we turned to a man once considered a Dickie V Diaper Dandee, current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams.

From 1999 to 2002 (he graduated with a degree in sociology in three years) Williams was a stud for Coach K at Duke University and racked up awards like National Freshman of the Year, Naismith, Wooden and Associated Press Player of the Year and won a National Championship. Given the two time All-American’s resume, he’s probably got more March Madness insight than the homie Bob from marketing.

VIBE: Ever seen a bracket with this much parity?

I’ve felt that there’s been parity over the past few years, with the exception of that Kentucky team [that featured Anthony Davis in 2012] that everyone thought would win it all. I think we’ve seen it more and more. We’re supposed to be the experts and we have no idea. This year was one of the biggest for transfer students and given conference realignment, it has become more and more difficult to judge which teams are strong.

Florida is the No.1 overall seed and Billy Donovan is a great coach in March, but is there a clear cut favorite?

No. The number one overall seed is supposed to have the easiest road to the Final Four and they’re in the same bracket with Kansas? With Syracuse? This is how we reward Wichita State? The team that goes undefeated would have to potentially go through Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan and Duke to reach the Final Four?