|Title:||Class of 1996|
William Nims, your record of 749 career rebounds stood for 30 years. Tall and lanky, you proved time and time again that you could handle yourself on the glass. Your savvy, quickness and timing allowed you to control the boards against some of the best centermen in New England, while also scoring 823 points. During your junior season, when you averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds per game, you were selected as the team's most valuable player by the Worcester College Basketball Coaches, Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
You followed up your outstanding junior season with an equally impressive senior campaign. While serving as co-captain, you averaged double figures in points and rebounds for your third straight year, a feat that has been matched by any male basketball player in WPI history. You were also the first WPI basketball player to be named to the weekly ECAC All-East College Division Team. Your senior season was capped when you played in the New England College All-Star Game.
Your basketball coach, the late Charlie McNulty, said this of you: "Bill isn't the strongest fellow in the world, and many times I've thought I should get him out of there for a rest. However, he is able to reach down and continue to keep up with the big effort."
You won accolades off the court as well. You were inducted into Skull and were a member of Phi Gamma Delta. You served your fellow students on the Athletic Council and Student service Council, and you were a member of the varsity club.
Williams Nims, for your extraordinary basketball career, we are honored to induct you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.