Former University of Arkansas All-American Corliss Williamson is heading back to the NBA, accepting a job as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
Williamson was drafted 13th overall by the Kings in 1995 and has spent the last three seasons as the head coach of Central Arkansas.
“I honestly couldn’t see myself leaving for any situation other than an opportunity to go back to Sacramento,” Williamson said in a statement released by the school. “It’s a place where I cut my teeth as a rookie in the NBA, spent over half of my career there. It’s an area that reminds me a lot of Arkansas, with the people, the fans they have there. It’s just a great opportunity that I have now to return there and be able to coach at the highest level.”
Williamson is a Russellville native and played 12 seasons in the NBA. He played for the Kings from 1995-2000 and 2005-07. He was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year while with the Detroit Pistons from 2001-02 and also won an NBA Championship in 2004.
Williamson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1994 NCAA Tournament, leading Arkansas to the National Championship.
During his three seasons in Fayetteville Williamson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1993, and was 1st Team All-SEC from 1993 to 1995. He was also named the SEC Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995, and was named 2nd Team All-American both years.