Men's Basketball



2  Justin Williams
Justin Williams

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Thornwood

Last College:
Colby CC

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 225

Position:
Forward/Center


2005-06: Justin Williams is one of the top returning defensive players in the nation, and is one of the top all-around players in the Mountain West Conference. Williams was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year his junior season. He also earned Third Team All-MWC honors. Williams led the Mountain West and ranked No. 11 in the nation in blocked shots (2.89 per game) for the 2004-05 season. A very versatile frontcourt player, Williams can play both the power forward and center positions. His relentless work ethic has made him a fan favorite for the Cowboys.

2004-05: He broke the MWC single-season record for blocked shots when he had four blocks at BYU on Feb. 12, 2005. He concluded the season with 81 blocked shots. The previous MWC single-season record was 70, set by Wayland White of New Mexico in the 1999-2000 season. Williams ranked No. 7 in the MWC in rebounding (6.4 per game), No. 3 in field-goal percentage (.571), No. 4 in offensive rebounding (2.7 per game) and No. 9 in defensive rebounding (3.7 per game). He was second on the Cowboy team in rebounding and fourth in scoring (8.9 ppg). In conference play, Williams improved his averages to 11.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. For the season, he scored in double figures in 14 out of 28 games, including one 20-point game -- a 22-point effort versus San Diego State. Five different times he grabbed double-figure rebounds, with his season best being 11 rebounds on four different occasions. Williams' single-game blocked shot high was eight against Denver. He also blocked seven shots versus Creighton. Williams was named the MWC Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 24, 2005, after averaging 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game, while shooting 88.2 percent from the field (15 of 17) and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line (11 of 13) in two wins versus Brigham Young and San Diego State. Williams was selected as the 2004-05 Preseason Newcomer of the Year by conference media members.

Junior College: Williams was named Second Team All-Region VI by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at the conclusion of his sophomore season at Colby, and was a First Team All-Conference selection. Entering his sophomore season, he was ranked as the No. 3 best junior-college center in the nation by NBAdraft.net, No. 5 by Lindy's magazine and No. 10 by the Sporting News. Colby was ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA preseason poll entering the 2003-04 season. The native of Chicago, Ill., averaged 13.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots per game for the 2003-04 season. He led the Trojans in rebounding, blocked shots and field-goal percentage, and ranked third in scoring. Williams blocked a total of 146 opponent shots his sophomore season. He ranked among the nation's Top 25 players in 2003-04 in both rebounding and field-goal percentage. Williams pulled down an average of 9.3 rebounds per game to rank No. 20 in the NJCAA, and he ranked No. 24 in the nation in field-goal percentage, shooting 62.6 percent from the field (169 of 270). The NJCAA doesn't rank blocked shot leaders nationally. In a game on Nov. 13, 2003, Williams recorded a triple-double, with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a 103-58 home win over Central Nebraska. Williams' defensive abilities also helped make Colby one of the top defensive teams in the country, allowing opponents an average of only 70.1 points per game to rank No. 20 in the nation. In addition to being an outstanding defensive team, the Trojans were ranked 21st in the NJCAA in scoring, averaging 86.3 points per game. Colby Community College concluded its 2003-04 season ranked No. 15 in the country, and posted a 24-7 overall record, 10-6 in the West Division of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Colby was upset in the first round of the Region VI Playoffs by Allen County.

As a freshman at Colby, Williams earned Third Team All-Jayhawk West Division honors, while averaging 11.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots per game. He shot 54.3 percent from the field as a freshman at Colby in 2002-03. He led the Trojans in dunks, with over 30 on the season. Colby posted a 26-7 record for the season, finishing second in the West Division of the Jayhawk JUCO Conference and advancing to the Region VI Final Four. Williams had a very consistent season as a freshman, scoring in double figures in 19 out of 33 games, pulling down double figure rebounds in 19 games and posting 13 double-doubles in scoring and rebounding. He scored 22 points on two occasions -- versus Southwestern Community College on Nov. 24, 2002, and vs. Barton County CC on Feb. 15, 2003. Williams grabbed a career high 24 rebounds against Pratt CC on March 1, 2003. In that same game against Pratt, he blocked eight shots and scored 18 points. He was coached at Colby by Brian Ostermann.

High School/Personal: Williams played his high school basketball at Thornwood High School in the Chicago suburb of South Holland, Ill. While in high school, Williams played against former Wyoming Cowboy Jay Straight, also a native of Chicago. His Thornwood High team posted a 27-5 record his senior season, advancing to the Illinois Class 2A State Tournament where it finished eighth in state. His junior season, Thornwood was 32-2 and was runnerup for the State Championship. Thornwood captured regional championships all three years Williams was in high school, and was Sectional Champion his junior and senior seasons. Williams earned All-Conference and All-Region South Suburb honors as a senior. He played for head coach Kevin Hayhurst at Thornwood High School.

Born May 12, 1984, he is the son of Florene and Chris Williams. He has a twin brother, Jason, and an older sister, Rita. Williams is majoring in social science. Other schools that recruited Williams were: Auburn, DePaul, Iowa State, Marquette, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and UCLA.

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