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Terrence Williams
Terrence Williams NJ Nets.jpg
New Jersey Nets  – No. 8
Small Forward
Born June 28, 1987 (1987-06-28) (age 22)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
High school Rainier Beach High School
Seattle, Washington
College Louisville
Draft 11th overall, 2009
New Jersey Nets
Pro career 2009–present
Awards 2009 Lowe's Senior Class Award Finalist
2009 First-Team All Big-East

Terrence Deshon Williams (born June 28, 1987 in Seattle, Washington) is an American basketball player who was drafted 11th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. He was the senior co-captain for Rick Pitino's 2008-09 University of Louisville Cardinals. He is a 6-foot-6 forward hailing from Seattle, Washington. Terrence has a son named Jeray Williams by his high school girlfriend Jazmyne Jackson.

During the 2007-08 season, Williams achieved the third and fourth triple-doubles in Louisville basketball history (the first two by Samaki Walker and Ellis Myles). He racked up 14 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in the Cardinals' season-opening 104-69 win over Hartford[1] and had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a January 19, 2008 loss to Seton Hall.[2]

At Rainier Beach High School, Williams was a four-year starter on the basketball team. He helped the team to a state title in 2003. He averaged 21.7 points his senior year. He was also a starting wide receiver and free safety on the football team. He considered attending Indiana and Kansas before deciding to play for Pitino.[3]

Williams appeared on three straight Sports Illustrated covers [4] and is one of few athletes to do so. He was also a finalist in the Lowe's Senior Class Award[5] and was named to the Lowe's Senior Class All-Senior All-America first team.[6]

Williams' has extraordinary overall athletic abilities as recognized by coach Rick Pitino. "He's a freakish athlete," Pitino says.[7] He is known for his slam dunking abilities and won the dunk contest at the 2005 Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic.[8]

He is a shoe fanatic, owning over 300 pairs.[7] His nickname is "T-Will".[9]

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NBA career

Williams was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and was signed to a four year contract.[10] In the teams' now annual summer workouts, he dazzled his teammates and coaches with his athleticism, defense, and passing. Later, Nets' head coach Lawrence Frank conceded that his best position may be point guard and plans to use him in that capacity sometime during the 2009-2010 season.

Off the court

  • It was widely reported that Williams carried a Barbie backpack throughout his time at Louisville. But Williams later cleared up this allegation stating that he only wore the backpack during his junior year of High School. And it was a joke intended to mock a group of female peers who tried to copy the lead antagonists seen in the 2004 film Mean Girls. Williams & a group of his friends dubbed themselves the "Mean Guys".
  • Owns over 400 Pairs of sneakers, & is a self-described "very materialistic person".
  • Williams has become very good friends with Nets' teammate Chris Douglas-Roberts, who he admired while he was at The University of Memphis. CDR was the first to congratulate Williams on being drafted via Twitter. And during the 2009 Off-Season the two often stayed at the Nets practice facility (the PNY Center) past midnight working on their game.

References

  1. ^ Graves, Will (2007-01-01). "NCAA Basketball - Hartford Hawks/Louisville Cardinals Recap Saturday November 17, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/recap?gid=200711170314. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  
  2. ^ "Louisville-Seton Hall Box Score". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=280192550. Retrieved 2008-02-24.  
  3. ^ "Player Bio: Terrence Williams :: Men's Basketball". Uoflsports.cstv.com. 1987-06-28. http://uoflsports.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/williams_terrence00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  
  4. ^ Bozich, Rick. "TWill Sports Illustrated Cover Streak Ends at Three". Courier-journal.com. http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/bozich/2009/03/twill-sports-illustrated-cover-streak.html. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  
  5. ^ "Lowe's Senior Class Award Announces Finalists For Ncaa Division I Men's & Women's Basketball". Seniorclassaward.com. 2009-02-04. http://www.seniorclassaward.com/news/view/lowes_senior_class_award_announces_finalists_for_the_ncaa_division_i_mens_a/. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  
  6. ^ "NORTH CAROLINA FORWARD TYLER HANSBROUGH WINS 2008-09 MEN’S BASKETBALL LOWES SENIOR CLASS AWARD". http://www.seniorclassaward.com/news/view/north_carolina_forward_tyler_hansbrough_named_2008_09_senior_class_award_wi/. Retrieved 2009-06-28.  
  7. ^ a b Willhite, Lindsey (October 25, 2007). "Williams, Louisville won't sneak up on opponents". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2007-10-25-sw-louisville-williams_N.htm.  
  8. ^ "DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Terrence Williams, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook". Draftexpress.com. 1987-06-28. http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Terrence-Williams-507/. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  
  9. ^ Cards not weighed down by lofty expectations in tournament
  10. ^ "Nets sign 1st-round draft pick Williams". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2009-07-06-3602174845_x.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-28.  

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