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3   Chaz Williams
Chaz Williams

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:
Bishop Ford H.S.

Last College:
Hofstra

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 175

Position:
G

Experience:
2L


Professional Prep:
Worked out for Minnesota (5/29), Boston (6/2), Toronto (6/4), Utah (6/12), Golden State (6/14), Milwaukee (6/15), Cleveland (6/18) and Washington (6/24).

Career:
Three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, becoming the 56th first team all-conference selection in school history, the first to go back-to-back-to-back since Rashaun Freeman (2005-07) and just the eighth in A-10 history ... Three-time NABC & USBWA First Team All-District choice ... Started 102 of 103 games at UMass and 122 of 136 in college ... 1,653 points in three seasons at UMass, ranking seventh all-time ... Also finished UMass tenure with 702 assists (1st in school history) and 199 steals (2nd) ... His 15 double-digit assist games at UMass tied the school record ... 1,978 career points in college and 840 assists, which ranks 23rd in NCAA Division I history ... Finished with 16 career double-doubles, 104 games in double figures, 34 with at least 20 points and 18 double-figure assist performances ... In the summer prior to his senior year, he sought counsel from NBA scouting executives about his draft prospects before choosing to return to school ... Then in August, turned down a six-figure contract offer from a Turkish professional team ... Worked the adidas Nations Global Camp in Los Angeles in early August where he was assigned to Team Latin America with fellow college counselors Travis Wear (UCLA) and Jamil Wilson (Marquette).

2013-14 (R-Sr.): Game-By-Game Statistics
Returned to school for his senior season with a primary goal of leading UMass to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 ... First Team All-Atlantic 10, USBWA & NABC All-District ... Ended the year ranked 9th in the A-10 in scoring (15.6), first in assists (6.9 - 4th nationally), 3rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), 7th in FT pct. (.754), 15th in 3-point FG pct. (.362) and t-2nd in steals (1.6) ... Also averaged 35.2 minutes per game ... Scored at least 18 points in 15 of 33 games ... Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 10 assists in wins over LSU and Youngstown State ... Netted a team-high 24 points, nine assists and three rebounds vs. LSU (11/12), contributing 17 points and five assists in the first half alone ... Against Youngstown (11/17), he had a game- high 19 points and 11 assists for his first double-double of the year and 12th of his career ... Had 19 points, along with five rebounds against New Mexico (11/22/13) ... Had a career-game against BYU with 32 points and a school-record-tying 15 assists (w/ just 1 turnover) en route to being named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, along with National Player of the Week by CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Dick Vitale's PTPer of the Week ... At the time, the 32 points were tied for the second-most in the A-10 this season, while the 15 assists are still tied for the fourth-most in league history and the third-most in the NCAA this season ... Posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists in the overtime win against Providence (12/28/13) ... Notched a game-high 26 points with eight assists and a career-high tying five steals in the come-from-behind win at George Mason (1/15/14), which included five of the team's final seven points and a steal that led to the game-winning basket w/ 8.1 left ... Scored 20 points (all in the 2nd half) in the win at Elon (1/18/14) ... Was named A-10 Player of the Week for the third time after he averaged 23 points, 6 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.5 rebounds in road wins at George Mason and GW ... Set the UMass career assist record against Saint Louis (3/9/14), as he finished with 20 points and nine assists.

2012-13 (R-Jr.): Game-By-Game Statistics
Named First Team All-Conference, First Team NABC All-District and to the A-10 All-Championship Team - all for the second-consecutive season ... Led the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (7.3 apg), steals (2.0 spg) and minutes (35.3 mpg) ... Ranked third in the nation in assists ... His 242 assists were second all-time in school history, just five shy of Edgar Padilla's record 247 set during the 1995-96 Final Four season ... Finished among the A-10 leaders in scoring (6th), assists (1st), steals (6th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 2.3) ... Posted his sixth-career double-double in the win over Harvard (11/13/12) in the 10 a.m. game as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon ... Hit the game-winning bucket with 3.3 seconds left to beat Siena (11/28/12) as he recorded his 1,000th career point in the contest ... Had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists against Miami (Fla.) (12/1/12) ... Finished with 20 points and nine assists in the overtime win over Elon (12/15/12), played at the MassMutual Center ... Regained his touch from the free throw line against East Carolina (12/22/12) with a 15-for-16 effort that aided in his game-high 26 points as he recorded his third double-double of the year adding 11 assists ... Fought through flu-like symptoms to net 12 points, including four of the team's final seven in the win at Northern Illinois (12/29/12) ... Game-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting in return to native NYC area at Fordham (1/13/13) ... Posted his second-straight 22-point effort with four 3-pointers and nine assists vs. Duquesne (1/17/13) ... Collected six points, six rebounds and six assists while scoring the game-winning layup with 8.1 seconds left at La Salle (1/30/13) ... Had a then-season-high 27 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting in win over Rhode Island (2/6/13) ... Notched his fourth double-double of the year and ninth overall with 16 points and a Mullins Center record 13 assists against Temple (2/16/13) ... Also surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his two-year UMass career, becoming the 44th player in school history to accomplish the feat ... Had another strong game with his second-consecutive double-double of 26 points and 12 assists at St. Bonaventure (2/20/13) ... Tallied his sixth double-double of the year with 20 points, 10 rebounds in the regular-season finale at Rhode Island (3/9/13) ... Scored a season-high 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10-of-10 from the line in an A-10 Quarterfinal win over Temple (3/15/13) ... Named to the A-10 All-Championship team after averaging 20.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds.

2011-12 (R-So.): Game-By-Game Statistics
NABC First Team All-District 4, First Team All-Atlantic 10 and A-10 All-Championship selection ... Averaged 16.9 points, 6.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 34.9 minutes per game ... Became the first true point guard to lead the team in scoring since 1984-85 and the first to pace the club in points, assists, steals and minutes since 1981-82 ... Set UMass sophomore records for assists (231) and steals (81) ... Shot .410 from the floor, .419 from outside and .788 from the line ... Posted 34 double-figure scoring games, 13 20-point performances and a team-high five double-doubles ... His scoring, rebounding and assists were at their highest averages when the season ended ... Topped the 20-point plateau in five of seven postseason games, which included 20.0 ppg, 5.4 apg, 5.3 rpg and shooting pcts of .467 from the field, .500 from beyond the arc and .815 from the charity stripe ... Led team with 22 points (20 in second half and 11 of team's final 13 in last 3:00) for an 82-78 come-from-behind win over Siena (12/9/11) at the MassMutual Center ... Set career-highs for points (29), 3-pointers made (6) and attempted (8) in home win over Xavier (2/21/12), which snapped a six-game losing skid to the Musketeers ... Had 26 points, 11 assists eight rebounds and four steals in overtime loss at #21 Temple (2/29/12).

2010-11:
Sat out per NCAA Transfer Rules.

2009-10 (Fr. at Hofstra): Game-By-Game Statistics
Named to the CAA All-Freshman Team ... Played for coach Tom Pecora ... Averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 assists and played some of his best basketball toward the end of the season ... Shot 38.9 percent from 3-point range (37-95) ... Scored in double figures 16 times ... Scored a career-high 20 points three times: at George Mason (1/4), vs. George Mason (1/19), and vs. Drexel (2/10) ... Had a career-high 10 assists twice: vs. New Hampshire (12/12) and vs. Georgia State (2/27) ... Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds vs. Rider (2/20).

Before College:Starred for four seasons at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn...Helped his team to a state championship as a junior, when he averaged 22 points and 11 assists...Had 32 points and 12 assists in the state championship game...Averaged 25.9 points and 6.2 assists as a senior, but saw his hopes for a second straight state title derailed with a postseason shoulder injury...Graduated as the second leading scorer in Bishop Ford history...Named a Jordan Brand All-American...Nominated to McDonald's All-American game...Two-time League Player of the Year...Named first-team all-state (Class A) by the New York State Sportswriters Association...Named second-team All-New York City by the Daily News...Rated the sixth best recruit in New York City by Rivals.com...Earned MVP honors at the Metro Classic while playing for the New York City boys team.

Personal:Full name is Chaz C Williams ... Born April 6, 1991 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... His mother is Diane Williams and his grandmother is Emma Williams ... Has a daughter 3-year-old Cheree (pronounced Sha-Ray) ... Has an older brother and an older sister ... Started playing basketball at age 3.

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SINGLE-GAME HIGHS:
Points: 29, Xavier -- 02/21/12
Rebounds: 9, at Richmond -- 01/21/12
Assists: 11, at Temple -- 02/29/12 ; East Carolina -- 12/22/12
Steals: 5, 4 times
Blocks: 1, 9 times
FG made: 11, at Mississippi State -- 03/13/12
FG attempts: 22, at Siena -- 11/28/12
3FG made: 6, Xavier -- 02/21/12
3FG attempts: 12, at Siena -- 11/28/12
FT made: 15, East Carolina -- 12/22/12
FT attempts: 16, East Carolina -- 12/22/12

A FEW MINUTES WITH CHAZ: If I could be any animal: A Lion
Why UMass?: Coaching
I hope to do this before graduation: NCAA Tournament
Best pregame meal: Grilled chicken
Player you pattern your game after: Nate Robinson and Chris Paul
Why do you wear your jersey number?: 11 because of my dad
Three words I'd use to describe myself as a basketball player: Nate Robinson Jr.
What advice would you give to the freshmen? Keep working hard and stay focused
Can't go on a road trip without: iPod, laptop, and phone
What is your first basketball memory?: Going to the park with my Pa
When I was five, I thought I would be: A basketball player
Most challenging thing about college so far: Transfering, adjusting to this weather
My first thought when I went to college: Thank God
TV show I want to be on: The Game
Who first taught you to shoot a basketball?: My father, mother, and cousins
Favorite food from the DC: Stir Fry
Favorite spot to study on campus: By the water
Favorite pair of shoes: Gucci
What I would do first if I was President: Make sure all single parents are well taken care of
Favorite sport other than basketball: Football
Favorite movie from the past year: More Than A Game
Where I would spend $1,000 first: Toys r Us
What does basketball mean to you?: The world
Favorite part of practice and game day: Competing
Weird fact not many people know about me: Lactose Intolerant

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