Jay Bilas '92 Receives Young Alumnus Award

April 27, 2007Duke Law News

Mr. Jay S. Bilas received his Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Duke University in 1986 and his law degree in 1992. Mr. Bilas is a sports analyst at ESPN and is of counsel in the Charlotte office of Moore and Van Allen. Mr. Bilas joined ESPN as a college basketball game analyst beginning with the 1995-96 season. Currently, Mr. Bilas serves as a game analyst, working more than 40 games a year, and as studio analyst for ESPN’s weekly Saturday College Gamenight (formerly College Hoops Tonight,) halftimes and post-games. In addition, Mr. Bilas is a regular contributor to ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and Mobile ESPN. He also provides analysis for ESPN’s Final Four coverage and select SportsCenter stories, using both his basketball and legal backgrounds. He has served as game analyst during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship for CBS Sports since 2003.

While at Duke, Mr. Bilas competed as a scholarship basketball player and played in the NCAA Final Four, as well as internationally for the United States National Team. He was one of two student-athletes in the nation appointed as a member of the NCAA Long Range Planning Committee and received the Duke University Senior Leadership Award. While earning his law degree, he served as an assistant basketball coach. After his graduation, he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and played three years of professional basketball overseas. Mr. Bilas has participated as a coach in both “Operation Hardwood – Hoops with the Troops” basketball tournaments in which NCAA coaches and sports personalities coach military basketball teams at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. He is also a partner in a charitable foundation called Athletes United for Youth which benefits youth education in the greater Charlotte area.

Mr. Bilas is active in the community, serving on the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Brain Tumor Advisory Board and as chairman for the Duke Annual Fund. Mr. Bilas has been a member of the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and participates frequently in Duke Law School panels, symposia and student classes. In August 2004, Mr. Bilas was the keynote speaker at the Law School’s Fall Orientation, which marked the launch of the Duke Blueprint to Lead program.

Established by the Law Alumni Association in 2000, the Young Alumni Award honors an individual who graduated within the last fifteen years, has distinguished himself or herself professionally, and who has made significant contributions of leadership and service to Duke Law School.