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Only the second player in K-state history chosen in the first round of the NBA draft up to that point, the 6-foot-3 columbus, ohio, native was game for anything.

“I was always the guy (who took the long-distance jump shot),” williams said in a phone interview with the mercury on thursday morning. “I’m not really sure how it came about. I think it was a god-given ability.”

Of course, the stunt also had a catch: fitch stood on a chair with his arms extended upward, creating an element of distraction. Williams, meanwhile, attempted 10 shots from beyond the top of the circle — 20 feet from the rim.

Williams never had the luxury of the 3-point basket in college or the NBA. The NBA introduced the 3-pointer in 1979-80, when williams’ career had already begun to wind down with the boston celtics.

“first of all, it’s a distant memory,” said williams, who is now a broker in denver.Field goals “yet it’s something you’ll never forget because it’s so special.”

Williams says he has was able to shoot long-range jumpers from the moment he entered high school at columbus east. He said he was offered several scholarships even though he was still an underclassman but never let the attention go to his head.

“I averaged 29 points as a junior and also averaged 29 points as a senior,” williams said. “kansas state’s assistant coach, bob gottlieb, came up to columbus to visit, and it made an impression that they would come all that way to recruit me.

“he is the father of doug gottlieb, who played basketball at oklahoma state, and is (now) a sports commentator/analyst. I was a dapper dan all-american, which is now a mcdonald’s all-american. Bob gottlieb played with bobby knight and those guys.”

“they had the nation’s leading scorer two years in a row in dwight lamar,” he recalled.Averaged points “they were recruiting me, and they were the first university (in basketball) to get the death penalty.

“I was a big eight champion my freshman year, though I didn’t play very much,” williams said. “I was a member of the team that did something special.”

As a sophomore in 1973-74, williams averaged 5.3 points. Kruger, a senior, averaged a career-best 17.6 points, capping his brilliant career with his second straight conference player of year award.

He briefly played in the NBA before getting into the college coaching ranks, serving as oklahoma’s head coach since 2011. From 1986 to 1990, he was in the same role at his alma mater,

“I’ve got to give it to him,” williams said of kruger, an extension of legendary kansas state coach jack hartman on the floor. “he was a smart, smart player. He could really play.”

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A decade before before the advent of the 3-point shot in the college ranks in 1986, williams and freshman sensation mike evans became two of the highest-scoring guards in the country.

With the departure of kruger, hartman implemented an up-tempo offense with williams and evans having the green light from virtually anywhere a few feet inside the half-court line.

A career 47-percent shooter in college, williams hit 621 of his 1,320 field goal attempts with the wildcats. More than half his makes, he estimated, were 20-plus feet from the basket.

Williams scored a career-high 47 points against holy cross, a single-game record that stood for 19 years before askia jones shattered the mark with 62 points in 1994 versus fresno state. At the time, his 62 points stood as the second-highest scoring output in college basketball history.Field goals

Williams still ranks in the top 10 in 24 separate offensive categories in K-state’s career record books. Prominently listed are his single-game school-records for field goals made (22) and field goals attempted (42) during his performance against holy cross.

Evans wound up as the wildcats’ career scoring leader with 2,115 points (from 1974-78). Former K-state guard jacob pullen later surpassed evans’ scoring record in 2011, finishing with 2,132 points, still the top mark in school history.

The wildcats entered the tourney after posting a 10-4 record in the big eight, taking runner-up honors, and finished the regular season 20-9 overall.

Cat-quick carl gerlach, a 6-foot-9 post player, had perhaps the best game of his career. A longtime mayor of overland park, gerlach matched williams with a game-high 20 points while also pulling down 16 rebounds for a double-double.Field goals evans made 4 of 10 field goals and all five of his free-throw attempts for 13 points, and forward dan droge, a forward from frankfort, had nine points and eight rebounds.

K-state beat boston college, 74-65, for its second win, but lost to no. 20 syracuse in the elite eight when the wildcats ran out of gas in overtime, falling 95-87.

“I was diagnosed with A-fib (atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia) and couldn’t play anymore,” williams said. “I didn’t tell a lot of people for a long time, and a lot of people have never known about it because I never talked to anybody (in the media) about it.”

Gathers’ loyola-marymount hoops team, coached by paul westhead, made a memorable NCAA tournament run, paying tribute to their fallen teammate.

“it was really difficult for me, but I have learned to deal with it and I am medicated,” williams said of dealing with A-fib.Averaged points “it helped me put things in perspective.”