University of Washington
An impressive physical forward who could challenge immediately for playing time during his collegiate freshman season ... Sensational rebounder who should greatly help the Huskies in that problem area ... Signed a Washington letter-of-intent on Nov. 16, 1999 ... Selected Washington over Pepperdine, UTEP, Saint Mary's, Wyoming, Cornell, UC Irvine, Columbia and Yale ... Also drew recruiting interest from UCLA.
Upland High School
Helped Upland High School team to the semifinals of the 2000 CIF Southern Section championships his senior season ... Rated the No. 12 center prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Voted to the Best of the Best All-Star Team at the 1999 West Coast All-Star Camp in July ... An honorable mention high school All-America selection by Blue Ribbon basketball yearbook.
Coach Bender on Williams
"The one player I am most excited to see just how much he can add and what he will contribute to next year's team is DeMarcus. We have confidence that he will give us a real boost in rebounding and on the defensive end. What will be determined by how hard he works during the summer is how his offensive skills have improved and how much of a threat he is to score not just around the basket. We've told him to keep things simple, to concentrate on rebounding and playing defense. He'll get a lot of offense by being aggressive around the offensive glass. He spent a lot of time individually this spring and summer with a shooting coach. Young people often address their overall game, but don't always single things out that they need to work on. He's done that and hopefully that will increase what we can expect from him on the offensive end. DeMarcus has the height and strength to match up with other power forwards. He has a great combination of power and athleticism. Defensively and rebounding, he will come in and make an impact immediately. This is the first time that we've had what I would describe as a true power forward in our program. We had Mark Sanford and now Will Perkins who are tall and very good athletes, but they aren't power guys and DeMarcus is that. He's a great student who completes the total package of what you want in a kid."