Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie."
The chant goes up for more amazing grace, even though Reggie Williams has already kept the young and green Georgetown Hoyas in the game for 39 minutes. A steal, a rebound, a pick, a great entry pass, a blocked shot, a flurry of three-pointers, some choice advice—Reggie has done whatever was necessary. Now the painted faces in the student cheering section at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., want more. They want the W. They know that there's only one man to ask.
The game comes down to the buzzer, and Williams is casually running the baseline. Some other time it could be the point. He could be in Madison Square Garden or the Spectrum or Boston Garden. He would still look quite at home. His teammates run through their patterns, wondering what on earth will become of them. Reggie knows. He knows the game will come to him in the end. And so it does. He flashes into the lane, streaks out beyond the three-point line and...you know the rest. And if you don't, you can ask John Thompson.
"A lot of players know how to play. Few know how to win," says Thompson, Williams's coach at Georgetown, where the record is 112-18 and counting since Reggie arrived four years ago. "Reggie knows how to win. He is completely comfortable on the court. He makes it a comforting place for me. A lot of players say they can do everything and are lucky if they can do one thing well. Reggie plays his position as well as anyone who ever played here. And he plays all five positions."
Williams, Georgetown's reed-thin 6'7" senior, leads the Hoyas in scoring (23.7 per game), rebounding (9.2 per game), and steals (41), and is tied for the lead in blocked shots (15) and is third in assists (65). He will finish his career among the top six in four alltime Georgetown categories. Williams is the reason opposing teams circle their Georgetown dates in red. Without him the Hoyas are not a Top 20 team. With him, who knows?
Before this season began, Williams had played in two NCAA title games in three years. In 1984, as a freshman, he was the MVP of the championship game. The year before, he was the consensus national high school Player of the Year at Baltimore's Dunbar High. The following are some nicknames Williams has inspired: