Former Georgetown all-American and NBA veteran Reggie Williams has been hired as the boys' basketball coach at High Point High, the Beltsville school announced yesterday.

Williams, 40, has coached two professional minor league teams, but this is his first high school head coaching job. He said he was interested in a position that would allow him to teach the game to younger players.

"I love basketball, and I'm getting back into it," said Williams, whose son, Reggie Jr., will be a sophomore at Northern High in the fall. "This is where the learning ground is."

After playing four years for Georgetown and helping the Hoyas win the national title in 1984, Williams was a first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Clippers and played 10 seasons in the NBA for six teams. High Point Athletic Director Ernie Welch said he was most impressed by Williams's attitude.

"I'm not interested in the fact that he was an NBA player; the kids in our boundary are the only ones that can come here," Welch said. "Name recognition isn't going to do anything. . . . That wasn't as big a factor as, is it the right guy? I think he is the right guy. The fact that he's known might get more street cred from the kids, but it didn't affect me much."

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