HAMPTON (WAVY) — When Allen Iverson was elected to become a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, nobody was more excited for Iverson than Boo Williams.
The legendary AAU coach won a national title with the former Bethel High School star, and he says that’s when he knew he was witnessing something special.
“I saw the greatness when he was in Winston-Salem when we won the AAU national championship,” Williams said. “He had 30 points at halftime three times, that’s unheard of. In my opinion he’s the best pound for pound player that I’ve seen with my eyes.”
Iverson went to Georgetown, was the first pick of the 1996 NBA draft by the 76ers, was the Rookie of the Year, an 11-time All-Star and the 2001 league MVP. That was the year he helped lead Philadelphia to the NBA finals.
“He didn’t play for a great team in Philadelphia,” Williams said. “Imagine if he had played for teams that Kobe had or MJ had. Allen’s the kind of guy that his teammates love him. Once you get to know Allen you won’t meet a better friend. Sometimes he’s misunderstood. That’s okay. A lot of great athletes and people that are successful are misunderstood but he’s very good at his craft.”
Iverson joins Alonzo Mourning as Hampton Roads players Williams has coached to reach the Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony is in September in Springfield, MA.