University of Washington
One-year letterman ... Had a huge impact in his first UW season last year after transferring from New Mexico ... Will get a chance to play against his former teammates and Coach Ritchie McKay when UW plays New Mexico on Dec. 10 at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif. ... A tremendous interior scorer ... Played as a reserve last season and will contend for a starting berth in 2006. 2004-05 (Junior) -- Played 34 games, all of them in a reserve role ... Ranked No. 3 among Pac-10 players with a 56.1-percent field goal accuracy, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu and teammate Brandon Roy ... Led the Huskies with 18 points off the bench in Sweet 16 game against Louisville (Mar. 24) ... Tallied season-high 24 points against Oregon State (Jan. 15) ... Hit 11-of-12 shots from the field en route to a 22-point performance against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) ... Ranked fifth on the team with 9.9 points per game ... Increased that figure to 13.0 during three NCAA Tournament games, the No. 4 mark on the team ... Ranked third on the team with 42 steals ... Netted double-figure points on 16 occasions, including three 20-point games ... Scored 16 points in UW's win over Arizona (Mar. 12) in the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament ... Helped the Huskies to a 29-6 record, tying the school single-season victory record ... UW won its first Pac-10 Conference Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed to the NCAA Touranment ... The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998. 2003-04 (Red-Shirt) -- Practiced with the team, but did not participate in games ... Utilized his red-shirt season, sitting out in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations.
University of New Mexico
Two-year letterman and part-time starter for the Lobos. 2002-03 (Sophmore) -- Played all 28 games with 14 starts ... Ranked second among Lobo players with 11.3 points and was third in rebounding at 5.1 boards per game ... Amassed 25 points at UNLV, the most by a New Mexico reserve since 1994 ... Also had 15 rebounds at UNLV, the top single-game total for a Lobo in 2003 ... Played for Coach Ritchie McKay, a former assistant on Bob Bender's Washington staff. 2001-02 (Freshman) -- Was UNM's leading scorer off the bench, averaging 7.7 points per game ... Finished second on the team and led all Mountain West Conference freshmen in rebounding with an average of 5.1 ... Spent six weeks on crutches during the summer after suffering a stress fracture which limited his playing time late in 2001-02 ... Academic All-MWC selection during his freshman year ... Played in 28 games with three starts ... Second on the team with 70 offensive boards (2.5/game), which was good for fifth in the MWC ... His 142 total boards tied Clayton Shields (1994-95) for second-most ever by a Lobo freshman ... Led the squad and finished sixth in the Mountain West with a .519 (98-189) field goal percentage ... Scored in double figures eight times and shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 20 of 28 games on the year ... Team-high 16 points (on 8-12 shooting), nine rebounds and two blocks at home against San Diego State (Feb. 2) ... Posted first career double-double with 10 rebounds and 12 points at California (Nov. 28) ... Scored a season-high 20 points, the most by a UNM freshman since 1999, against Texas Southern (Nov. 19).
Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.)
A 2001 graduate ... Co-C.I.F. Player of the Year in Southern California and the Riverside County player of the year after leading the Huskies to a 29-4 record ... Averaged 21.8 points and eight rebounds ... Helped Centennial High School to an 89-86 upset win over nationally-ranked Westchester High School (No. 3 in the nation at the time) in the state tournament ... A member of the Honor Roll all four years with a 3.20 GPA ... Averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds a game as a junior, earning all-county and all-CIF honors ... League MVP as a sophomore and junior ... Centennial's career scoring and career rebound leader ... Averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman and 23 points and 12 boards as a sophomore.
Coach Romar on Jamaal Williams
"I always feel like transfers and junior college players start to play their best basketball towards the second half of conference play. Then they come back the next year with a marked improvement, and we are hoping that is the case this year with Jamaal. He is a great weapon offensively and he is going to demand the attention of opposing team's defense. He has a real knack for putting the ball in the basket. He plays probably three inches taller than his actual size. He has a nose for the ball and knows how to put the ball in the basket."
Williams news and features:
Williams in a shooting mood - Seattle Times (Jan. 22, 2006)
Williams leads UW past Oregon Vancouver Columbian (Jan. 22, 2006)
UW's Williams gives Lobos a goodbye kiss - Tacoma News Tribune (Dec. 12, 2005)
Williams Does In Former Team - Kitsap Sun (Dec. 11, 2005)
Williams glad to be a Husky - Everett Herald (Dec. 10, 2005)
UW's Williams had unhappy stop or two on way here - Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Dec. 9, 2005)
Transfer Jamaal Williams faces old school, New Mexico - Seattle Times (Dec. 8, 2005)