As a senior, Williams was named an all-district and all-state player as he averaged 35 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and two assists per contest. During that time, the Crusaders were ranked in the state as high as number one, and was only defeated in the semi-final round of the state championships.
Williams completed high school in 2000. During his four years, Martin Luther King had a 68–16 win-loss record.
When the Realtors took the first overall draft right in 2006, they did not hesitate to pick Kelly Williams over two-time UAAP MVP Arwind Santos, who was later picked second overall by the Air21 Express. During his rookie season, he normed averages of 28.3 points and 9.6 rebounds earning him the Rookie of the Year award, making him the second Realtor to do so after Jun Limpot in 1993. In his sophomore year, he improved his game immensely, helping his team win their second championship overall and grabbing the league's Most Valuable Player award along the way.
In 2009, during the All-Star Week, Williams was diagnosed of thrombocytopenia and was out for the remaining games of the entire conference. With his absence, his team did not last long and was eliminated by the Burger King Whoopers. He was also cut from the training pool for the national team because of his illness.
Kelly Williams will be out indefinitely for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters due to a recurring illness.
The 2008 PBA Most Valuable Player is suffering from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, the same illness that caused him to miss a significant chunk of the 2008-09 season when he was still part of the Sta. Lucia Realtors.