Emmitt Williams

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Emmitt Williams
Emmitt Williams.jpg
No. 5 – Agua Caliente Clippers
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1998-09-15) September 15, 1998 (age 22)
Fort Myers, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeLSU (2018–2020)
NBA draft2020 / Undrafted
Career history
2021–presentAgua Caliente Clippers
Career highlights and awards

Emmitt Mack Williams V (born September 15, 1998) is an American basketball player for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the LSU Tigers.

High school career[edit]

As a freshman, Williams played for Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida, where he averaged 15.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his sophomore season.[1] At IMG Academy, he was teammates with highly-touted recruits Trevon Duval and Silvio De Sousa and played for one of the best teams in the country.[2] In the 2015–16 season, Williams averaged 16.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game, playing in the power forward position.[3]

For his senior season, Williams transferred to Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida.[2] On October 11, 2017, he was arrested on charges of felonious sexual battery and false imprisonment.[4] Williams pleaded not guilty and was released on $13,500 bond six days later.[5] He made his debut for Oak Ridge on December 1, after sitting out his first two games. On December 20, his charges were dismissed after the case was deemed "not suitable for prosecution."[6]

Williams averaged 17.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, leading his team to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 9A state championship.[7] On April 8, 2018, he recorded 44 points, seven rebounds and three steals at the Jordan Brand Classic and was named most valuable player (MVP) of the game. He broke the single-game scoring record for the event previously held by LeBron James.[8] He also took part in the Ballislife All-American Game, of which he was named co-MVP with Moses Brown after he was the game's top scorer (31 points) and best rebounder (12).[9][10]

Recruiting[edit]

Williams was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the most highly-rated power forwards in the 2018 recruiting class. On January 26, 2018, he committed to play college basketball for LSU over offers from Oregon and Florida, among others.[11]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Emmitt Williams
PF
Fort Myers, FL Oak Ridge (FL) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jan 26, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 23  247Sports: 31  ESPN: 21
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "LSU 2018 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  • "2018 LSU Tigers Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Williams averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, making eight starts on a team that reached the Sweet 16. He had a season-high 15 points twice. Williams scored 13 points and a career-best 14 rebounds in a 79–78 overtime win at Florida. Following the season, he declared for the 2018 NBA draft but decided to return.[12] On November 24, 2019, Williams scored a career-high 27 points and collected nine rebounds in a 96–83 win against Rhode Island.[13] On January 29, 2020, Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 90–76 win over Alabama.[14] As a sophomore, Williams averaged 13.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.[15] Following the season, he declared for the 2020 NBA draft.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Agua Caliente Clippers (2021–present)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA draft, Williams was included in the roster of the Agua Caliente Clippers announced on February 4, 2021.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 LSU 34 8 19.7 .614 .167 .686 5.4 .4 .3 .6 7.0
2019–20 LSU 31 25 28.0 .560 .421 .769 6.6 1.2 .8 1.2 13.3
Career 65 33 23.7 .579 .360 .738 5.9 .8 .5 .9 10.0

Personal life[edit]

Williams' best friend and high school teammate, Stef'an Strawder, was shot and killed in Fort Myers, Florida on July 25, 2016. Williams used Strawder's death as motivation to continue playing basketball.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mull, Cory (October 6, 2015). "Top basketball prospect leaves Lehigh". The News-Press. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Collings, Buddy (August 15, 2017). "Emmitt Williams joins loaded Oak Ridge basketball". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Mull, Cory (June 9, 2016). "Emmitt Williams developing his hoop skill at IMG Academy". The News-Press. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  4. ^ Regan, Adam; Soffian, Seth (October 18, 2017). "Former Lehigh hoops star Emmitt Williams arrested". The News-Press. Retrieved January 31, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Soffian, Seth (December 4, 2017). "Emmitt Williams back on court 5 weeks after rape arrest". The News-Press. Retrieved January 31, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Borzello, Jeff (December 22, 2017). "Felony charges against 5-star recruit Emmitt Williams are dismissed". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Jacquez, Joe (December 14, 2019). "Emmitt Williams: 4 things to know about the LSU basketball forward". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Squadron, Alex (April 9, 2018). "Emmitt Williams Breaks LeBron's Record With 44 Points At Jordan Brand Classic". Slam. Retrieved January 31, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "All-Time Box Scores". ballislifeallamerican.com. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "McClung wins slam dunk contest and scores 20 in all-star game". Bristol Herald Courier. May 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Borzello, Jeff (January 26, 2018). "Five-star forward Emmitt Williams commits to LSU". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Mickles, Sheldon (May 28, 2019). "Emmitt Williams will return to LSU basketball program; forward is latest to return". The Advocate. Retrieved February 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Williams has career-high 27 in LSU's win over Rhode Island". ESPN. Associated Press. November 24, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Doucet, Jacques; Auzenne, Josh (January 30, 2020). "Emmitt Williams provides 'big man' presence for LSU". WAFB. Retrieved February 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Welser, Joel. "LSU Tigers". College Sports Madness. Retrieved March 23, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "LSU's Emmitt Williams headed into NBA draft pool after two seasons with the Tigers". The Advocate. April 25, 2020. Retrieved May 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Agua Caliente Clippers announce roster for 2021 NBA G League season". NBA.com. February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Belman, Jarred (October 3, 2016). "Emmitt Williams hopes to carry on his "brother's" legacy". The Left Bench. Retrieved February 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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