Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst, to be Queens' 2014 commencement speaker
Queens is happy to announce that this year's traditional undergraduate commencement speaker will be Jay Bilas. Bilas is one of ESPN and ABC's top basketball analysts and is widely recognized for his thorough knowledge of the game and his professional, clever style. Bilas provides expert color commentary form courtside on college basketball games, and serves as a studio analyst and as the co-host of ESPN's popular studio show College Gamenight, where he skillfully breaks down games and players, including his use of the popular "Bilastrator" to diagram plays. He also writes for ESPN.com, and contributes numerous reports for ESPN SportsCenter. Since 2003, Bilas has provided in-depth player scouting and analysis for ESPN's coverage of the NBA Draft. Sports Illustrated has named Bilas the best analyst in college basketball, as has the ACC Sports Journal, among others.
A high school All-American from California, the 6-7 Bilas was a four-year starter under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1982-1986 and helped lead Duke to the 1986 ACC Championship and the NCAA Championship Game. Bilas' 1986 Duke team shares the NCAA record for the most wins in a single season with 37.
Bilas graduated from Duke in 1986 and was drafted by the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He played professionally overseas, ranking among the leagues' top scorers in Italy and Spain over three seasons before returning to Duke in 1990 to serve as an assistant coach on Krzyzewski's staff, while also earning his law degree from Duke Law School. While Bilas was an assistant coach under Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Final Four three times, winning the National Championship in 1991 and 1992.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1988, Bilas has appeared in nationally run television commercials and had a feature role as an alien cop in the Columbia Pictures film I Come In Peace. While still in high school, Bilas appeared in an episode of the popular television series The White Shadow.
Since 1992, Bilas has been an attorney with the law firm of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, where he has specialized in commercial litigation. A native of the Los Angeles-area, Bilas now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Wendy, and two children, Victoria and Anthony.
The traditional undergraduate ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 3. Learn more about all of the commencement activities taking place.
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