USC Great Gus Williams Hospitalized Following Stroke

One of the best players in USC history, Gus Williams, has been hospitalized since February after suffering a stroke, according to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post.

Williams, 66, lives in South Carolina. USC retired his jersey number in 2016.

You can make a case that Williams (1972-75) was the most successful player in USC history.

An All-American in 1975 (which by itself puts him above many better-known players), Williams then enjoyed a stellar pro career, scoring 14,093 points and averaging 17.1 points per game (by comparison Paul Westphal scored 12,809 points and averaged 15.6).

Williams led the Seattle SuperSonics to the 1979 NBA title and averaged 28.6 points in the NBA Finals. He was a first-team All-NBA pick in 1982. His No. 1 jersey is retired by the Sonics.

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9 thoughts on “USC Great Gus Williams Hospitalized Following Stroke

  1. Gus Williams-“The Wizard”: one of the greatest guards in USC basketball history.

    He and Biff Burrell were a great guard combination, and you add John Lambert that was another USC team that underachieved despite having talent. Folks you can’t say we did not recruit some talent over the years.

    Prayers are out for you and your family. Please recover quickly.

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  2. Gus Williams-“The Wizard”: one of the greatest guards in USC basketball history.

    He and Biff Burrell were a great guard combination, and you add John Lambert that was another USC team that underachieved despite having talent. Folks you can’t say we did not recruit some talent over the years.

    Prayers are out for you and your family. Please recover quickly.

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  3. wow, hospitalized since Feb…doesn’t sound good; I can empathize with him,had mine 4 yrs ago,in 4 different areas,but mostly recovered…I remember watching him play mostly on tv; today’s medicine and prayers I hope for him, and a good recovery.

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  4. To me, the greatest player I ever saw. Nobody can convince me otherwise. He was so fast and exciting to watch. Best wishes Gus. Seattle Loves you.

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  5. Gus was not just exciting but clutch.His great duels with Isiah Thomas,too few,,Norm Nixon Calvin Murphy,Pete Maravich(Lenny had him cover Pete).Just a class act.Averaged like 29 points in finals.One of the best one on one players who received so many outlet passes from Jack and Lonnie and made it look so easy.Thanks for the memories and a speedy recovery

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  6. I remember watching Gus Williams in the 1975 Western Conference Finals against the Lakers. Not only was he a great offensive player, but a good defensive player as well; To me he’s totally under-rated. I am a resident of South Carolina also.

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  7. I just saw this article and am saddened by this news. Hopefully Gus is doing much better. Is there any update on his progress? I am in the Seattle area and loved the Sonic’s years!! I’ve been going through pictures I took in the late 70s through mid 80s and have a pile of pictures that I am planning on mailing to Gus. Does anyone know where I can mail them. I’ve met him and he’s seen some of the pictures too.
    Please contact me at llusink24@msn.com. Thank you

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