Lou Williams had a special rooting interest in Monday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball championship game. The Hawks guard was more than pleased that Connecticut and head coach Kevin Ollie defeated Kentucky for the national championship.
Williams and Ollie played two seasons together with the 76ers.
“KO is my guy,” Williams said Tuesday. “He was very, very instrumental in my career. He was the guy who kept me after practice to get extra shots. He was the guy who got me in the weight room. He was the guy who got me going to chapel before games. He always kept me on the straight and narrow. He was very instrumental. It was great to have him in my corner.
“My nephew (Jajuan Johnson) was going through the recruiting process. He ended up signing with Marquette. But I told him the only coach I could vouch for was Kevin Ollie. That speaks volumes about the person that he is.”
Johnson averaged 4.3 points in 21 games as a freshman guard at Marquette this season.
Connecticut won its fourth national championship with the 60-54 win.
“Very pleased,” Williams said of the result. “After the Sweet 16, I officially started rooting for UConn in the public. Just because I know the type of person that (Ollie) is and looking at the way he interacted with his players. I knew it was genuine so I wanted to root for my guy.”