Matt Williams (basketball)
Matthew Williams Jr. (born October 14, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Donar of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Williams played college basketball at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Matt Williams with the Miami Heat during the 2017 NBA Summer League
|Born||October 14, 1993|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Jones (Orlando, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|2017||→Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|2018||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
Williams came to UCF from Jones High School in Orlando. He suffered several medical setbacks as he suffered a burst appendix as a freshman, then played through knee pain as a sophomore. Early in his junior season, Williams had tests and learned that his knee pain was due to inferior bipartite patella, a rare congenital condition requiring surgery. Williams had the surgery, missing the majority of that season.
Following his redshirt junior season, Williams graduated from UCF and entertained transferring for his remaining year of collegiate eligibility. He originally chose to transfer to Wake Forest, but ultimately changed his mind and returned to UCF for his final year to play for new Knights coach Johnny Dawkins. In his fifth year, Williams upped his scoring average from 8.1 to 15.1 points per game, helping lead the Knights to the semifinals of the 2017 National Invitation Tournament. Williams finished his UCF career as the school's leader in three-pointers for a career (274), season (126) and game (11). The season and game marks were also American Athletic Conference records.
Miami Heat/Sioux Falls Skyforce (2017–2018)Edit
Following the close of his college career, Williams played for the Miami Heat in the 2017 NBA Summer League. At the end of the league, he signed with the Heat for the 2017–18 season. On October 15, his contract was converted to a two-way deal, meaning he'd be able to split playing time between the Heat and their NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He spent the first week of the season with the Heat before an assignment in the G-League. He was then recalled on December 20 as the Heat endured several simultaneous injuries. Williams played 3 minutes, posting a rebound and 4 assists against the New Orleans Pelicans on December 23. He appeared in a total of 3 games, tallying 5 points and a rebound in 11 minutes of action before he was waived on New Year's Eve in order for the team to sign Derrick Jones Jr. Williams was later reacquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
KTP and Kymi (2018–2019)Edit
On September 12, 2018, Williams joined KTP Basket of the Finnish Korisliiga. In January 2019, Williams signed with Kymi of the Greek Basket League. In 12 GBL games, Williams averaged 8.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.
On July 16, 2019, Williams signed with Donar of the Dutch Basketball League. The 2019–20 season was cancelled prematurely in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams returned to the United States.
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