New York Knicks
- 2x NBA leader in offensive rebound percentage (1999, 2000)
- Led the NBA in offensive rating with 119.4 (1999)
- Founded the JYD Project, a non-profit organization that promotes positive youth development (1998)
- 3x NBA Community Award winner
- Named to the Montgomery College Sports Hall of Fame (2005)
Jerome Williams is a former NBA power forward who played for the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks throughout the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. A fan favorite due to his tenacious playing, Jerome was nicknamed the “Junkyard Dog” for his hard work and hustle. He was selected by the Pistons as the 26th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. Jerome led the league in rebounding percentage and was ranked third overall in offensive rating in 2000. However, he arguably recorded his strongest season in 2003, having scored an average of 9.7 points per game. Over his nine seasons in the NBA, Jerome played in 587 games, scoring 3,865 points and making 3,743 rebounds.
Originally from Washington D.C., Jerome attended Georgetown University where he became one of the program’s most proficient rebounders. As a senior, he averaged 10 points and 8.8 rebounds per game before graduating in 1996. Throughout his professional career, Jerome took notable interest in the communities where he played. He established youth groups and created affordable housing options for working class families and he, along with his brother, founded “Positive Shades of Black,” an education incentive program for elementary school students. He also developed the JYD Project in 1998, a 501c3 non-profit organization that offers aid and help for the youth in struggling communities. Jerome became involved with the NBA outside of his playing career as well, having served as an NBA Cares ambassador, NBA TV correspondent, NBA Fit spokesman and NBA Goodwill Ambassador to seven foreign countries. After his retirement in 2005, he founded Automotive Street Style, LLC and started Basketball Boot Camp to produce and develop outstanding student-athletes. He currently serves as the Player Development Coach at Findlay Preparatory School.
Lunch or Dinner$500Jerome will join you and your small group of up to 10 people at lunch or dinner. You choose the restaurant and you choose what you want to talk about. Jerome will share stories from his career. Note: for larger parties, please see appearance fee below.
Fantasy Draft$500Surprise your basketball buddies by inviting Jerome to a live fantasy draft!
Pick-Up Game$500Make your next pick-up game unforgettable by inviting Jerome to join.
Attend a Game$750Have an extra seat at the game? Jerome will join you and your guests and share insight on the game. Discuss Jerome's career with the Knicks and his trajectory in becoming a professional.
Round of Golf$750Jerome will complete your foursome for a round of golf. He'll be the perfect fourth for your Sunday outing, and will spice up the round with tales from his time in the pros.
Celebrations$1,000Invite Jerome to join you and your guests at your birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary party! He'll be sure to be entertaining company.
Appearance$1,000Hire Jerome to make a guest appearance at your next event! Jerome’s appearance will be the perfect way to promote your store opening, bank, gym, car dealership, etc.
Hear Their Story$1,000Jerome will share his story with up to 20 people. Your small group of friends, students, coworkers, or event attendees will be inspired by Jerome’s path to success.
Corporate Outing$1,500Hire Jerome to participate in your next corporate event. Whether it be a golf outing, charity gala, retreat or fishing trip, you can get __Name__ to join your group.
Speaking Engagement$2,500 - $5,000Looking for a dynamic speaker for your next big event? Jerome will speak at your gathering and inspire your group with stories from his career in the NBA.
Coaching$500To be the best you need to learn from the best. Hiring Jerome as a coach will give you access to a former NBA power forward. Jerome will coach a group of 1-6 people drills that helped him become a pro athlete.
Camp Coaching$1,500Jerome will make a guest appearance as a coach at your camp for a full day, giving the players a glimpse of what it takes to be a professional basketball player. What better way to keep motivation levels high than to have a pro running drills for the day.
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Sport Basketball League NBA Team
- Detroit Pistons (1996–2001)
- Toronto Raptors (2001–2003)
- Chicago Bulls (2003–2004)
- New York Knicks (2004–2005)
- Georgetown University
- Montgomery College