Williamson leaves UCA, joins Kings

Former Arkansas standout Corliss Williamson is leaving the University of Central Arkansas to join the Sacramento Kings.

Williamson, who spent three years coaching at the Conway-based school, will be an assistant coach for the franchise that drafted him 13th overall in 1995.

The Russellville native, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, joins Brendan Malone, Dee Brown, Chris Jent and Micah Nori on the staff of first-year head coach Michael Malone.

Williamson held a 26-62 mark at UCA and led the Bears to 13 wins this past season, which is the school’s second-highest number of wins since joining Division I in 2006. Prior to his stint at UCA, Williamson coached at Arkansas Baptist College for three years — two as an assistant and one as the head coach.

His sophomore season at Arkansas, Williamson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1994 NCAA tournament as he led Nolan Richardson’s team to a National Championship with a 76-72 win over the Duke Blue Devils. Williamson’s junior year, Arkansas made it back to the championship game the following season but fell 89-78 to UCLA.

Williamson declared for the NBA draft after his junior season and was taken by Sacramento. He played for the Kings from 1995-2000 and also from 2004-07. In between, he played for part of a season with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Detroit Pistons.

With the Pistons, Williamson won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2002 and an NBA Championship in 2004.

In 466 career games, Williamson averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 22.9 minutes.