“Legacy of Boo Williams” part one

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Go to Hampton, and you’ll see his name in big, bold, red letters across his $13.5 million sports complex. Mention the name “Boo Williams” to just about any basketball coach in the country, they’ll know exactly who you’re talking about.

“And it’s not Casper the ghost,” said Geno Auriemma, who just won his ninth national championship as head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

It’s taken 32 years, but Williams has built a youth basketball empire from the ground up. His league, which started with just a budget of $400 and 40 players, has now grown to more than 2,500 athletes.

It’s rosters once included NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, soon-to-be Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, J.R. Reid, Bryant Stith and countless others. “There’s so many of them, you can’t think of all of them name-wise,” said Boo, who’s teams have won nine AAU national titles.

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