Jason Williams Dedication
Position: Point Guard
Weight: 190 lbs.
Jason Williams is/was:
a first round draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 1998 NBA Draft (seventh pick overall)...The third number one draft pick in UF history and the second highest Gator player ever selected (Neal Walk was the second overall pick in the first round by Phoenix in 1969)...A superb ball handler with an uncanny passing ability and court vision...Has a great feel for the game and can break opponents down with a dribble or shoot the jumper...Also has great leaping ability...Won Midnight Madness Slam Dunk contest as a freshman at Marshall...1997-98 - The starter at point guard until he was dismissed for violating team and athletic department policy on Feb. 17th...Was leading the team in scoring, (17.1 ppg), assists (6.7 apg) and steals (2.7 spg)...Was leading the SEC in assists, steals and free throw percentage (.840) but did not play enough games to qualify among the final leaders...Was also ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in seven statistical categories (3rd in scoring, 5th in 3-pt FG pct, 6th in FG pct, 2nd in 3-Pt/game)...Was ranked 14th nationally in assists per game...Named Honorable Mention SEC by Associated Press...District 6 First-team selection by NABC...Had eight 20-point games and one 30-point game...Led UF in scoring in 10 of the 20 games he played in and led UF in assists in 16 games....Scored in double figures three times and put up double digits in assists three times...Had three double-doubles (all with points and assists)...Set a UF record with 17 assists vs. Duquesne, the fifth best effort in SEC history and the best in 20 years...Had a season-high 31 points at Texas, the top game by a Gator on the road since 1986...Set a school record with his 12 three point attempts vs. Auburn on Feb. 11th...Set a Stephen C. O’Connell Center records with his eight three pointers vs. Auburn, his seven steals vs. Mississippi State and his 12-of-12 showing from the free throw line vs. Tennessee...Also connected on 10-of-10 free throws at Texas to become only the second player in UF history to have two perfect games from the free throw line (min. 10 attempts)...Led UF to upset win over No. 7 Kentucky with 24 points (8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range), six rebounds and four steals....Suspended on Jan. 15th and missed the LSU game for having an unacceptable attitude...Also missed the first game of the season along with two exhibition games for violating athletic department policy...Made his UF debut in style, scoring 22 points and dishing out 12 assists vs. Central Florida to celebrate his 22nd birthday and his first college action in 627 days...1996-97 - Practiced but could not play or travel with the squad after transferring from Marshall...1995-96 - Started all 28 games at point guard as a redshirt freshman at Marshall...Second-team All-Southern Conference and named to All-Freshman team...Led the Southern Conference and ranked 26th nationally with 6.4 assists per game...Also tied for first in league in assists-turnover ratio (2.4) and 14th in scoring (13.4 ppg)...First Marshall player since 1989 to reach 100 assists...Scored in double figures in 23 of 28 games...Was in double figures in assists three times...50 steals was second best on squad...Scored a career-high 31 points and dished out a career-high 12 assists at Western Carolina...Had a team-high 24 points vs. VMI...Had six steals vs. Jacksonville State...Named to Southern Conference All-Tournament team after scoring 38 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 14 assists in two games...Had a team-high 22 vs. Davidson in the season finale....1994-95 - Enrolled at Marshall in January of 1995 and redshirted...Originally signed with Providence but was released from that commitment...PREP - A 1994 graduate of Dupont High School, where he was coached by Jim Fout...USA Today West Virginia Player of the Year as a senior...Two-time first team all-state selection...Averaged 18 ppg and 10 apg and led his team to a runner-up finish in state championships...Only player in Dupont history to score more than 1,000 career points and tally 500-plus assists. He had a great Rookie season coming in second for Rookie of the Year voting. We have high aspirations for Jason in the future.
(most information taken from the UF athletics page).
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