Former Duke Basketball standout and current ESPN College Basketball game and studio analyst, Jay Bilas, will be the main speaker at the 45th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. He will address a crowd of over 1500 sports enthusiasts on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 6:30pm, inside the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.Currently, Bilas serves as a game analyst, working more than 40 games a year including ESPN’s Big Monday Big East games with former Red Smith Banquet main speakers, Sean McDonough (2004) and Bill Raftery (2007). The current and former banquet main speaker’s will broadcast the top Big East matchup each Monday during the college basketball season. The trio recently finished announcing the Maui Invitational which included the Wisconsin Badgers. Bilas has also been a member of CBS Sports NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament coverage as an game analyst since 2003.
In addition to his broadcast duties, Bilas is also a member of the ESPN Saturday College GameDay road show, along with Digger Phelps, Bobby Knight and Hubert Davis. The GameDay crew will be in studio this Wednesday (Dec. 2) when the Badgers host the Duke Blue Devils at the Kohl Center in Madison. Game time is 8:15 pm.The 6-foot-8 Bilas was a four-year starter for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1983-86. As a forward/center, he finished his career with 1,062 points, 692 rebounds and is third among Duke’s all-tune career field goal percentage leaders (56 percent). As a senior, Bilas was a member of the 37-win team that played in the NCAA National Championship Game against Louisville.
A 1986 NBA draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks, Bilas played professionally in Italy (1987-88) and Spain (1989) before returning to Duke as an assistant coach from 1990-92. During his tenure as a coach, Duke made three NCAA Championship Game appearances, winning back-to-back championships in ’91 and ’92.