Golden Eagles advance to championship game of the Wooden Legacy
Jamil Wilson leads all scorers with a career-high 24 points
Buckeyes snaps MU's home court winning streak
Over 4,000 fans packed Al McGuire Center Friday for annual event
Madison native second team all-league in 2012-13
GoMarquette.com takes a look inside the final day of Marquette basketball Boot Camp 2013 to see what goes into completing a Boot Camp session.
The April 3, 2013 episode of Inside Marquette Basketball with Buzz Williams recaps Marquette's NCAA Tournament run, and briefly previews the 2013-14 season.
Buzz Williams and Junior Cadougan recap the close games and preview Marquette's Elite 8 matchup with Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament during the media session on Friday, March 29, 2013.
Comments from Vander Blue and coach Buzz Williams during a media availability session prior to Marquette's flight to Washington, D.C. for Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament action on March 26, 2013.
Marquette fell to Syracuse 55-39 in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Syracuse in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight game
Marquette defeated Miami 71-61 in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the elite eight.
Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Miami in the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Marquette defeated Butler 74-72
Two words have served as the foundation for sixth-year head coach Buzz Williams' program at Marquette University since he was officially hired on April 8, 2008 - Character Revealed.
Because of the values and work ethic contained within that philosophy, the Golden Eagles were able to add "Elite Eight" and "Conference Champions" in 2012-13 as two-word extensions to the squad's impressive list of accomplishments during his tenure.
Williams has guided Marquette to five-straight NCAA tournament appearances (eight overall for Marquette), including the program's first participation in the regional finals since 2003. Continuing the University's proud tradition of success on the court, MU has remained a fixture in the national rankings, claimed wins over multiple nationally ranked teams and been extremely competitive in the BIG EAST Conference (28 wins the last two years combined).
Player development continues to be a critical component of the program's foundation, best illustrated by six players earning a spot on a National Basketball Association (NBA) roster during Williams' tenure. Four of those players (two first-round picks) were selected in the NBA Draft, including a pair of Golden Eagles in 2012.
The team's success since Williams assumed the reigns at MU in 2008, helped him earn an invitation by USA Basketball to serve as a court coach for the Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp in June of 2013. The opportunity is the first for Williams on the international level.
Off the court, Williams and his staff assembled a consensus top-25 recruiting class for the third time during his tenure, including a group rated as high as No. 1 in the country by HoopScoopOnline.com (2008-09). The program's 2013 class, which features a trio of top-100 prospects, has been rated a consensus top-15 collection by national media experts.
The program's community service efforts have also reached new heights under Williams, highlighted by "Buzz's Bunch." This group, founded by Williams, focuses on providing opportunities for special needs children to attend games and summer camps. The Golden Eagles have also continued and strengthened their long-standing relationships with the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Golden Eagles posted a 26-9 overall record in 2012-13, highlighted by the BIG EAST Conference regular season title and a trip to the Elite Eight in Washington, D.C. MU was 14-4 in league action and concluded the year undefeated at home in all games, which helped the squad to its first-ever BIG EAST championship (14-4 for second-straight year). Marquette concluded the campaign ranked among the nation's top-20 programs and both Vander Blue (second team) and Davante Gardner (honorable mention) were named all-league. Gardner was also voted the BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year and senior Junior Cadougan was tabbed recipient of the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award.
MU's 27 victories in 2011-12 were the second-most in program history and included a 14-4 mark in BIG EAST Conference action, which led to a second-place finish. The team made back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in 35 years and was undefeated at home in conference action. The Golden Eagles claimed the 2011 Paradise Jam championship and finished the year ranked in the top-10 nationally. Senior forward Jae Crowder was tabbed BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year and he also garnered All-America accolades along with teammate Darius Johnson-Odom.
Marquette claimed 22 victories in 2010-11, including a road victory at eventual national champion Connecticut and a quarterfinal appearance in the league tourney, en route to being tabbed a No. 11 seed in the NCAA's. The Golden Eagles posted upset wins over No. 6 seed Xavier and No. 3 seed Syracuse to claim a spot in the round of 16, which marked the furthest the team had advanced since 2003. Senior forward Jimmy Butler garnered all-conference accolades for the second-straight year and junior guard Darius Johnson-Odom earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. MU also concluded the year ranked nationally in the top-25 poll thanks to its NCAA run.
The team's character was tested from start to finish in 2009-10, beginning with low preseason expectations from national pundits and concluding with a heartbreaking postseason loss. No team in the nation played in more one-possession games than MU, but that didn't stop the squad from collecting the program's fifth-straight NCAA Championship appearance and 20-win season. Marquette finished 22-12 overall, including an 11-7 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, which was good enough for fifth-place in the 16-team league.
Lazar Hayward (Second Team All-BIG EAST) finished second all-time in scoring at MU and four of the program's top-10 all-time scorers have graduated within the past four seasons. Junior forward Jimmy Butler was one of the most improved players in the country and as a result was tabbed honorable mention all-league.
Williams directed MU to a 25-10 overall record in 2008-09, which included a school-record 12 BIG EAST victories. The Golden Eagles advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship and were ranked among the nation's top-25 teams the entire campaign. A pair of players, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews, claimed all-league accolades and McNeal also earned All-America honors.
In 2007-08, Williams served as an assistant coach with the Golden Eagles in his first season at Marquette. MU concluded the year 25-10 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
His coaching career has included stints as an assistant, associate head and head coach. He is entering his 19th season at the NCAA Division I level, and 2013-14 will mark his seventh campaign as a head coach. Williams has recruited and coached over 20 players who have earned all-conference accolades, including two league players of the year, two conference freshmen of the year and four Associated Press All-Americans (Crowder, Johnson-Odom, McNeal and Hayward).
Williams arrived in Milwaukee after serving for one season as the head coach at the University of New Orleans. He guided the Privateers to a 14-win campaign in 2006-07 and his roster featured Bo McCalebb, the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. UNO claimed fourth place in the Sun Belt's Western Division and advanced to the league tournament quarterfinals. The squad claimed as many victories on the road that season as it had in the previous three seasons combined. His recruiting class for the 2007-08 season was ranked in the top-50 nationally by HoopScoopOnline.com.
Prior to UNO, Williams served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M for two seasons (2004-05/2005-06) under head coach Billy Gillispie. Both of his recruiting classes with the Aggies were ranked among the best in the nation and featured some of the top-ranked talent at the prep level. The squad made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 25 years in 2005-06 and the previous team posted the top turnaround in the nation, improving its win total in 2004-05 by 14 games compared to 2003-04.
Williams spent four seasons (2000-01/2003-04) at Colorado State, serving as an assistant the first three seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2003-04. Two of his recruiting classes were ranked among the 40-best in the nation, including the 2003 group, which was tabbed No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference. Colorado State made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years during his tenure and he was named one of the top assistants in the country by HoopScoopOnline.com.
Williams was previously an assistant at Northwestern State (1999-2000), Texas A&M- Kingsville (1998-99) and Texas-Arlington (1994-98).
Williams signed the highest-rated recruiting class in the history of the Southland Conference while at Northwestern State. The Demons advanced to their first ever NCAA tourney the following season and two of his recruited players were named all-conference, while one was tabbed Southland Conference Tournament MVP.
His accomplishments at Texas A&M-Kingsville include signing the 1998-99 Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year and a third team All-America guard. At Texas-Arlington, Williams recruited a Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and signed the first Academic All-American in the school's history. Williams was a student assistant coach from 1992-94 at Oklahoma City University where he assisted the team to the 1994 NAIA championship after it advanced to the Sweet 16 the previous season.
Williams served as a student assistant from 1990-92 at Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas) where the team won consecutive conference titles while sporting a 45-17 record during his tenure. He began his career under mentor Lewis Orr, who was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2009 after a 37-year career at the junior college level. Williams was also a student assistant at Oklahoma City University and the program claimed a national title during his senior year.
The Van Alstyne, Texas, native earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Oklahoma City University in 1994 before completing his master's work in the same field at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1999.
Williams is married to the former Corey Norman and the couple has two daughters, Zera and Addyson, and two sons, Calvin and Mason.