Chaz Williams To Return For Senior Season
April 29, 2013
"I just want to thank everybody around the community and at UMass, from the coaches to the fans for allowing me to do the things I do," Williams said. "Coach Kellogg was nice enough to allow me to have the opportunity to get feedback from NBA scouts. It was a tough process. I was thinking about taking care of my family, especially my daughter.
"I love this program and coach Kellogg, and I love all the guys on the team. The pieces we have coming back next season was a big reason I decided to stay in school. We are trying our hardest to have the arena filled each and every game and the student support we have makes college basketball so exciting."
Since transferring from Hofstra following his freshman campaign in the 2009-10 season, he has averaged 16.2 points over 70 games (1,137 total points at UMass) while leading the Minutemen to back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championship semifinal appearances and a pair of showings in the National Invitation Tournament.
The Brooklyn native has been named First Team NABC All-District and All-Conference for the past two years. Last season, he led the Minutemen with 15.5 points and shot 43 percent from the floor while ranking third nationally with 7.3 assists per contest.
His 473 assists over the past two years are the third-highest total among Division I players, and second-most among returning players.
"We're excited that Chaz has decided to come back for his senior season," Kellogg said. "We spoke with the folks at the NBA level and discussed the possibilities for what would be best for Chaz and his future, and ultimately he made the decision to return and help get UMass back into the NCAA Tournament while working towards getting his degree."