Jay Scot Bilas was born December 24, 1963. You may only know Bilas for his work as a college basketball analyst on ESPN, or from his days calling games during the NCAA Tournament. But Bilas was a force on the court as well.
Bilas was a consensus Top 50 recruit at Rolling Hills High School in California, where he averaged 23.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in 1982. Those numbers really caught the eye of Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski and Bilas became part of a legendary recruiting class: The 1982 recruiting class of Bilas, Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie and David Henderson still ranks as the highest scoring single class in college basketball history.
During his career at Duke, Bilas scored 1,062 points and grabbed 692 rebounds while shooting over 55 percent from the field. He also helped lead Duke to the Final Four and National Championship game in 1986. Check out how good he was:
Bilas was drafted in the fifth-round of the 1986 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, but ended up playing overseas for teams in Italy and Spain, where he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
After his playing career Bilas became an assistant coach at Duke, while obtaining his law degree. Besides being a fixture on ESPN, Bilas is putting that education to good use as a practicing lawyer.
Happy birthday, Jay Bilas.