By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON — Rice men’s basketball coach Scott Pera has announced the signing of Jack Williams to a national letter of intent for the 2018-19 school year, Pera announced Wednesday afternoon. Williams will join the Owls as a graduate transfer.
“I am thrilled to announce the addition of graduate transfer Jack Williams to our program,” said Pera. “Jack brings a load of experience, a never ending motor and the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. More importantly, he exemplifies all the qualities we are looking for in our student-athletes. He’s motivated to earn a master’s degree from Rice and be a leader on and off the court for our program. I look forward to coaching him in his final year of eligibility and hope to help make it a memorable one.”
Williams, a 6-8 forward, comes to South Main after graduating from the University of the Pacific, where he averaged 8.5 points, starting all 32 games. He was second on the team and 12th in the West Coast Conference with 5.9 rebounds per game and was 10th in the WCC in defensive rebounds with 4.6.
Williams connected on 38.8% from the field and was second on the team with 40 three-pointers, connecting on 33.9% from behind the arc.
In 2016-17, Williams averaged 8.7 points and was second on the team with 6.3 boards. He shot 37.8% from the floor and led the Tigers with 50 three-pointers, connecting at a 39.1% clip.
The Valencia, Calif., native began his career at Long Beach State in 2014-15, where saw action in 32 games, making five starts. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds and was third on the team with 35 offensive boards.
Williams earned the John R. Wooden Award as the CIF Division III player of the year as a senior at Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif. He led the team with 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a senior, helping the Eagles to the Southern Section Open Division playoffs with a record of 27-6 overall and reached the Division III CIF Finals where they defeated Drake, 71-51, to earn a state championship. A four-year starter with the Eagles, he earned Los Angeles Daily News all-area in 2014-15. He was a second-team all-state selection as a junior, and a two-time all-conference pick.
Williams joins Quentin Millora-Brown (Lorton, Va.), Trey Murphy (Cary, N.C.), Payton Moore (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Mullins (Grand Prairie, Texas) and Drew Peterson (Libertyville, Ill.) in the 2018-19 class.