Jay Bilas is a TV personality currently associated with ESPN and takes part in analyzing college basketball. On TV, Jay has also been involved with CBS Sports as NCAA Tournament Announcer.

Personal Life

A short biography of Bilas is that he is an American born on the eve of Christmas in the year 1963 in San Pedro, Los Angeles. In his early childhood, Jay was interested in the fame associated with basketball, and that drove him to indulge himself in the sport while undertaking his education at Rolling Hills High School onwards. While in high school, Bilas had good statistics averaging 13.5 rebounds and 23.5 points per game.

With such great form in high school, Bilas was able to win awards, among them he was the Best in the West, the MVP of the Bay League and first selection in the All-South Bay. After high school, Bilas attended Duke University School of Law from 1982 where he still played basketball. Jay played a key role when the team reached the final four in the National Championship game. His statistics were still top notch at this time. Bilas graduated with his first degree in political science in 1986.

Bilas is also a family man married to Wendy Bilas. Bilas and his wife have been together for over 21 years, and the couple has two children – his son, Anthony, and daughter, Tori. The Bilas family lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The 6 feet 8 inches tall player played the center position, and in 1986 after graduating, Bilas got drafted in the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks to continue with his basketball dream. He wore the number 21 jersey. Prior to this, Jay got a chance to represent the U.S.A national select team in Taiwan competing for the Jones Cup.  Bilas also got a chance to play basketball overseas in Spain and Italy. He was actively involved as a player until 1989.

Bilas then became Duke University assistant coach from 1990 under head coach Mike Krzyweski. He was involved with the team for three seasons and, during this time, he was able to win championships with the team and still able to study for a Law degree.  The Duke’s assistant coach had a short stint as an actor, taking part in sports movies and also in the movie Dark Angel. Though he is still involved in coaching, Bilas got into broadcasting with ESPN and grew to become a prominent college basketball analyst.

The attorney openly criticizes any form of malpractices and at one point criticized Duke University’s administration for not supporting a player in its lacrosse team. He was hosted on NBC on The Late Night with Seth Meyers in March 2017 to discuss about college basketball among other issues. Bilas expresses his criticism on his social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram where he has a huge following. His positive critics are aimed at making college sports better and having positive change. With a $2 million salary, Bilas has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.

Last Modified: Apr 4, 2020

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