Darrell Williams (basketball)

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Darrell Williams
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Williams playing for A&M–Commerce in 2015.
ESSM Le Portel
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueFrench League
Personal information
Born (1989-09-15) September 15, 1989 (age 29)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolDunbar Vocational
(Chicago, Illinois)
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Verviers-Pepinster
2016Partizan
2016–2017Hapoel Tel Aviv
2017Bnei Herzliya
2017–2018Yeşilgiresun
2018–presentLe Portel
Career highlights and awards
  • Daktronics NCAA Division II All–American (2015)
  • LSC Newcomer of the Year (2015)
  • LSC Player of the Year (2015)
  • South Central Region Player of the Year (2015)
  • TABC Small College Player of the Year (2015)

Darrell Williams (born September 15, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for ESSM Le Portel of the LNB Pro A.

High school[edit]

Williams played at Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago where he led his team to a district title with a 10-0 mark as a senior and guided his team to a regional semifinals loss in Class 4A. In the district finale against Bowen he scored 20 points and also had 20 rebounds and blocked 8 shots.[1]

College career[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

Williams played at Chipola College during his freshman season. He averaged 7.4 points and six rebounds per game at Chipola College. He led the Indians to finish third place in the NJCAA national tournament with a 34–2 mark. In the third-place game against Connors State College he scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out four assists as the Indians defeated the Cowboys, 102–70, at the NJCAA national tournament.[1]

Sophomore year[edit]

During his sophomore season he played at Midland College. He averaged a double-double with nearly 14 points and more than 10 rebounds per game during that season. While also shooting 54.2 percent from the floor, and making 147 of 271 shots. He led his team to a 30–3 record as the Chaparrals fell to eventual NJCAA national champion Howard in the regional finals. He also had 13 double–doubles that season and was one of the highest ranked junior college prospects.[1]

Junior year[edit]

After drawing offers from Gonzaga, DePaul, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma State, Williams chose to sign as a transfer to Oklahoma State for his junior season. He played in 23 games for the Cowboys and started 12. He led the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per contest, grabbing 168 rebounds in 23 games, averaged 7.1 points per contest while shooting 47.3 percent from the floor.[1]

Sexual assault allegations[edit]

On December 12, 2010 Williams attended a party in Stillwater. At this party two women claimed that Williams sexually assaulted them. Hearings followed, and though there was no physical evidence or witnesses, the district attorney believed the alleged victims' claims. On July 23, 2012, Williams was convicted on sexual assault charges and spent three months in jail. In April 2014, the Oklahoma Court of Appeals overturned the conviction. The case will not be re-tried.[2]

Senior year[edit]

Williams dunking against A&M–Kingsville in 2015.

Williams spent his senior season at Texas A&M University–Commerce. For the Lions he averaged a double-double with 18.5 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game. He finished second in the NCAA DII with 23 double-doubles. He also led the Lions to a 24–8 record and a championship victory in the Lone Star Conference (LSC) tournament, Williams was named the games MVP. In the championship game against Angelo State he scored 15 points, had 13 rebounds and also a double-double. He was awarded LSC newcomer of the year and player of the year honors. He was also named the South Central region player of the year, a Daktronics first team All-American and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' (TABC) small college player of the year.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, he joined the Chicago Bulls for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[9] In 5 games, he averaged 3.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.[10] On July 18, 2015, he played his best game in the NBA Summer League, against Phoenix Suns; he has scored 9 points and had 13 rebounds.[11]

In August 2015, he signed his first professional contract with VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster of the Scooore League in Belgium.[12] In 10 games, he averaged 17.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in 26.2 minutes on the court.

On January 8, 2016, Williams signed with Serbian club Partizan Belgrade for the rest of the season.[13] He took the number 25. On January 16, 2016, Williams has officially made his debut for Partizan in the ABA League against Krka and for 14 minutes on the court, he scored 4 points and had 4 rebounds.[14]

On July 8, 2016, Williams signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League.[15] On April 16, 2017, he parted ways with Hapoel after averaging 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in Israeli League.[16] Seven days later, he signed with Bnei Herzliya for the remainder of the season.[17]

On November 6, 2017, Williams signed with Turkish club Yeşilgiresun Belediye.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Oklahoma State University Athletics". www.okstate.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  2. ^ "Darrell Williams back on court after being wrongly convicted". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  3. ^ "Former Lion Williams Inks Pro Deal with Top League in Belgium". Texas A&M-Commerce. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  4. ^ "Williams Adds TABC Small College Player of the Year Award to Resume". Texas A&M-Commerce. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  5. ^ "Lions' Williams Named First Team Daktronics All-American". Texas A&M-Commerce. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  6. ^ "Williams Named South Central Region Player of the Year, First Team All-Region". Texas A&M-Commerce. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  7. ^ "Darrell Williams - 2014-15". Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  8. ^ "Lions Win Fourth LSC Tournament Championship, Williams Named MVP". Texas A&M-Commerce. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  9. ^ Bulls announce NBA Summer League 2015 roster
  10. ^ #30 Darrell Williams
  11. ^ Bulls at Suns
  12. ^ Former Lion Williams Inks Pro Deal with Top League in Belgium
  13. ^ "Darel Vilijams je novi košarkaš Partizana". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "Partizan pobedio u gostima!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 16 January 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Darrell Williams strikes a deal with Hapeol Tel Aviv". Sportando.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "Hapoel Tel Aviv, Darrell Williams part ways". Sportando.com. April 16, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  17. ^ "דרל וויליאמס חתם בבני הרצליה". Walla.co.il (in Hebrew). April 23, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Yesilgiresun signs Darrell Williams". Sportando.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.

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