Tarvis Williams

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Not to be confused with Travis Williams, another American basketball player with a similar name.
Tarvis Williams
Personal information
Born (1978-01-22) January 22, 1978 (age 39)
Maysville, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school White Oak
(Jacksonville, North Carolina)
College Hampton (1997–2001)
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present
Position Power forward
Career history
2001–2002 Shanghai Sharks
2003 Mitteldeutscher BC
2003–2004 Fayetteville Patriots
2004 Sigal Prishtina
2004–2005 BK Děčín
2005–2006 Olympique Antibes
2006–2007 Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin
2007–2008 BK Synthesia Pardubice
2008–2009 Bayern Munich
2009 BK Děčín
2009–2010 JSA Bordeaux Basket
2010 BC Prievidza
2010–2011 BG Karlsruhe
2011–2012 BK Děčín

Tarvis Devar Williams (born January 22, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who last played for BK Děčín.[1] He is best known, however, for making the game-winning shot with 6.9 seconds left that propelled 15th-seeded Hampton past 2nd-seeded Iowa State, 58–57, in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2][3] It was only the fourth time since 1985 that a #15 defeated a #2 seed.[3] Williams was also a two-time NCAA season blocks champion in 1998–99 and 2000–01.[4]

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Maysville, North Carolina.[5] He attended White Oak High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he graduated in 1996.[5]


Tarvis Williams played college basketball at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia from 1997–98 to 2000–01. He played in 114 games and averaged 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game for his career. As a sophomore in 1998–99 he led the nation in blocks per game with 5.00.[4] He repeated the achievement two years later as a senior when he averaged 4.59 per game.[4] He was only the second player in NCAA Division I history to lead the country in blocks for two seasons since the statistic became official in 1985–86 (Hall of Famer David Robinson was the first, who accomplished the feat in 1986 and 1987.)[4] For his career, Williams blocked 452 shots, which through the 2009–10 season ranked sixth-most in Division I history.[4] In the 2000 and 2001 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournaments, Williams was selected to the All-Tournament team and named the MVP in 2001.[6] After his final collegiate season he was selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to try and impress NBA scouts, but his sub-par performance resulted in not being chosen in the 2001 NBA Draft. Williams finished his career at Hampton with 1,754 points and owns school records in every single blocked shot category: single game (12), single season (147), career, season average (4.59 bpg), and career average (3.8 bpg).[7]


After being passed up by NBA teams, Williams left the United States to play professional basketball. Since his career began in 2001 he has been a journeyman, playing for 11 different teams in seven countries.[7] His most successful season to date was in 2004–05 while playing for BK Děčín in the Czech Republic's National Basketball League. In 37 games, Williams averaged 16.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.[7] He was third in the league in rebounding average while also tops in blocks.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tarvis Williams basketball profile". EuroBasket Inc. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hampton Hero Tarvis Williams Now In France". Lost Lettermen LLC. 2009–2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "15th-seeded Pirates stun No. 2 seed Cyclones 58–57". CNNSI.com. CNN/Sports Illustrated. March 16, 2001. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Tarvis Williams". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "MEAC All-Tournament Selections: 1979–present" (PDF). MEAC. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Tarvis Williams (Signed 2010–11)". Sportsvision-Service. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.