UIC to retire Kenny Williams’ number

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UIC will retire former guard Kenny Williams’ number Feb. 19 before the team’s home game against Detroit.

Williams, who wore No. 11, played for the Flames from 1990 to 1994, scoring 2,025 career points. He was the first player in program history to score 2,000 points, and his total still ranks No. 2 in program history.

Williams is also No. 1 in program history with 237 steals and No. 3 with 487 career assists.

“I am truly humbled and elated with this honor,” Williams said in a release. “This is a testament of success to not just me, but the sacrifices of many people over my career. I thank God for giving me the talent and the support from my family and friends. The number 11 going up in the rafters represents them as well.”

Williams, who played under former coach Bob Hallberg, started 96 games and appeared in 117 total. He was a three-time All-Mid-Continent Conference First Team selection. He earned 1994 MCC Player of the Year honors, averaging 21.5 points and 2.5 steals.

“Kenny loved winning and would do whatever it took to make that happen,” Hallberg said in a release. “He was a self-made star who improved each year because of the countless hours he dedicated to his game during the offseason. In my 25 years of coaching college men’s basketball, Kenny Williams will always be one of my all-time favorite players.”

Williams is a member of the UIC Athletics Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is the third UIC men’s basketball player to have his number retired, joining Sherrell Ford and Mark Miller.

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