When I think of Bill Chambers Jr., I think of the greats like Bill Russell….Bill Chambers Jr. once grabbed an NCAA-record 51 rebounds in one game and the record still stands today…He played high school hoops at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, played college basketball at William and Mary and then later coached on the high school and college levels…He got a job with the Converse Rubber and began to sell those Chuck Taylor Converse All-Stars Basketball shoes, back when the Chuck Taylors were “the basketball shoe”, and he later did very well working for Russell Athletics…Might be the best rebounder in college basketball history and did pretty good in child upbringing, having brought Bill Chambers III to Greensboro and later Bill Chambers attended the University of North Carolina on a basketball scholarship, he played professionally in Europe and coached at Dudley HS, at Greensboro College, at N.C. Wesleyan, at Kernodle Middle School and now Bill Chambers III is the head boys basketball coach at Northern Guilford High School…
Bill Chambers Jr. was a rebounding-machine and he and Bill Russell, had that trait in common…Not a common man, but a “Rebounding Machine”, today we remember Bill Chambers Jr., who passed away this week, down in Alabama…..
from the Greensboro News and Record at www.greensboro.com:
ALEXANDER CITY, AL
William (Bill) Benjamin Chambers, Jr. died peacefully at his home on July 11, 2017, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Bill was born on December 13, 1930, in Lynchburg, VA to Naomi Sandidge Chambers and William B. Chambers.
Bill was raised in Lynchburg, VA(E.C. Glass High School) and attended the College of William and Mary. In his senior year, Bill set the NCAA record for individual rebounds (51) in a single game a record which still stands.
After an unsuccessful try out with the Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers, Bill coached at Warwick High School in Newport News (VA) High School, where he won two Virginia High School Basketball Championships. He then returned to his alma mater where his William and Mary coaching record (113-110) was the most wins until 2016.
from Wikipedia on Bill Chambers:(www.wikipedia.com)
He attended E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia where he led his team to a state championship and an undefeated season (22–0) during his senior year.
William & Mary
Chambers then went on to play collegiately for the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia from 1950 to 1953. He earned all-state, All-Southern Conference and Helms All-American status while playing for the Tribe. On February 14 of his senior year, Chambers set an NCAA single game rebound record of 51 against the University of Virginia. It is a record that still stands to this day. He was also selected as Virginia’s Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player that same year.
Chambers ended his William & Mary career with 1,456 points. He also set the Virginia schools’ record for rebounds in a single season when he grabbed 509 in 1951–52. His jersey number (#32) was retired and now hangs in the rafters of William & Mary Hall.
In the 1953 NBA Draft, Chambers was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers as their 11th pick. Despite the selection, he was cut by the Lakers during preseason.
*****The most notable win during his college coaching tenure at William and Mary was on January 30, 1960, when his unranked Tribe defeated No. 4 West Virginia University 94–86. The win broke the Mountaineers’ 56-game Southern Conference winning streak. For his accomplishments, Chambers has been inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame. In 1995, Chambers was also inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.*****