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It’s Lavon Williams Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown

#67 Colorado Classic

Colorado connections: Raised in Denver, and graduated from Manual High School.

Accomplishments: Lavon Williams was an artist, on and off the court. Williams was a star from the moment he took the floor for Manual High School in 1973, and as a sophomore helped the Thunderbolts reach the Class AAA state championship game in 1974, when they were upset by Bear Creek and guard Randy Eckker. Williams got it right two years later, as unbeaten Manual routed previously unbeaten Cherry Creek in the title game before a sellout crowd the first time Colorado's state tournament was held at McNichols Sports Arena. The 1976 Manual team, which also featured eventual college players Antoine Goodlow, Zelwood Head, Chris Cotton and David Bennett, ranks among the best Colorado has ever produced. Williams was a Parade All-American and the state's finest player that year (objectively) and even for the decade (subjectively). Then he was off to the University of Kentucky, turning down the likes of UCLA and North Carolina, and he became a two-year starter in Lexington while helping the Wildcats win the 1978 national championship. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fifth round of the 1980 NBA draft, and he played overseas for a stretch, but his artistry from that point lay outside sports. The 6-foot-7 Williams began a long career as a wood sculptor, and was inducted in the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2018 at age 60. Not UK's basketball Hall, but its College of Arts and Sciences Hall. "I usually work, probably I start working from about 7 o'clock (p.m.) to 3 in the morning," Williams told Mark Story in a story for Kentucky.com "I work to 3, 4, even 6 (a.m.). Nighttime is when you get your most inspiration. It's when they say the spirits come out."

On deck: The best football player in the history of Community College of Denver.

Posted: 06/30/2020 at 12:24AM


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Current Thread:
It’s Lavon Williams Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown -- BuffsIn2020 06/30/2020 12:24AM
  When and who was he? ** -- Ram Master 06/30/2020 8:02PM
  He played way after you. 96-98 ** -- ram-o-litous 06/30/2020 8:15PM
  I actually played at Western Nebraska 89-90 ** -- Ram Master 06/30/2020 8:23PM
  He did, was a couple years after me ** -- Ram Master 06/30/2020 8:40PM
  Cool atmosphere especially for JUCO in that gym.. ** -- ram-o-litous 06/30/2020 8:44PM
  Oh yeah -- BuffsIn2020 06/30/2020 1:27PM
  One more from that class: 6'6 -- CommandZ 06/30/2020 7:32PM
  Probably Greeley West -- BuffsIn2020 06/30/2020 3:03PM
  No - I was on the A-West team -- Buffalum 06/30/2020 2:42PM
  My mistake - -- Buffalum 06/30/2020 10:08PM
  Jim Gibson was Jayne Gibson's big brother -- BuffsIn2020 06/30/2020 5:43PM
  That's him. Thank you! Our history goes all the -- CommandZ 06/30/2020 6:01PM
  Excellent Zelwood Head reference ! ** -- RamAtHeart 06/30/2020 08:37AM
  This is really cool! -- bigballinram21 06/30/2020 11:20AM
  Sculptures are very cool. ** -- SacRAMento 06/30/2020 09:43AM

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