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#23 Derrick Williams
Position: Forward
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 241
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: La Mirada, Calif.
High School: La Mirada
Experience: 1 Letter

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Williams' Career/Game-By-Game Statistics in PDF Format General: A strong work ethic turned him into one of the nation's best players as a sophomore ... An improved jump shot and a high basketball IQ allows him to effectively operate inside and on the perimeter ... Finishes extremely well around the basket with either hand ... Has a knack for drawing contact and getting to the free throw line, as his career average of 7.9 free throws per game is the highest in school history ... Earned a total of nine All-America accolades in 2010-11 to go with his Pac-10 and USBWA district Player-of-the-Year honors ... No player in Arizona history scored more points in his first two college season's than Williams' 1,227 points (17.8 ppg).

Sophomore (2010-11): The second overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, equaling the highest pick ever by a Wildcat (Mike Bibby, 1998) ... The 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year, just the 11th player in league history to earn Freshman- and Player-of-the-Year honors in a career, and the fifth to do so in consecutive seasons or less (Jason Kidd, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Mike Bibby, Kevin Love) ... His 741 points scored in 2010-11 ranked third on the UA single-season list, his .568 (42-of-74) three-point FG percentage ranked second and his 247 FTs and 331 FTA were the most all time ... A consensus second-team All-American (AP, USBWA, NABC, Sporting News, Basketball Times,, but did manage three first-team nods as well (John R. Wooden Award, Sports Illustrated, ... One of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the USBWA's player-of-the-year award, and five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award ... Averaged 22.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in four NCAA Tournament games, earning a spot on the NCAA all-West Regional team ... USBWA District IX Player of the Year ... A first-team all-conference pick ... Earned the Fred Enke Most Outstanding Player award as the 2010-11 UA team MVP ... Member of the Pac-10 all-Tournament team after averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in UA's three games ... Ranked 30th nationally with his 19.5 ppg scoring average, ninth with his .595 FG percentage and 73rd at 8.3 rebounds per game, while ranking second, second and fourth in those same categories in the Pac-10 Conference ... The nation's most efficient player after averaging 1.95 points per FG attempt ... Williams' 741 points scored was the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his 247 free throws and 331 attempts were new single-season school records ... Additionally, his .568 three-point field goal percentage (42-of-74) this season ranked second in UA annals, while his 314 rebounds tied for seventh all time ... Became just the seventh sophomore in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points on Feb. 19 ... Had the top two single-game rebounding totals in the Pac-10 this season ... Earned Player-of-the-Week honors from the Pac-10 and (national) on Feb. 21 after averaging 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the week ... A Naismith Trophy Midseason Top-30 selection ... A John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 pick ... Had 16 20-point games and three 30-point games to his credit in 2010-11 to go with 13 double-doubles ... In addition to offensive numbers, he led the Cats in blocks (26) and steals (37) ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week Jan. 17 for the second time this season after posting 31 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in win over Arizona State ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week Dec. 6 for the first time in his career after averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in wins at Rice and vs. Oklahoma ... Pac-10 Preseason pick for Pac-10 player of the year by Sporting News,, Lindy's Sports Annual and ESPN magazine ... Named to iBN Sports Las Vegas Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 20.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in event's four games ... Hit 9-of-12 FTs en route to 20 points and five rebounds vs. Connecticut on 3/26 in NCAA West Regional final ... Poured in a career-high 32 points (25 in first half) to go with 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals on 3/24 vs. Duke - the most points scored against Duke since Feb. 2009 - after which Mike Krzyzewski said of Williams, "He gives you confidence. You always know that you have that guy on the court. Even when he is not scoring, he spreads you out. There is a physicality to his game. Clean beautiful - he's a beautiful player." ... Hit 11-of-17 shots from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, against Duke in the NCAA Tournament, and each of those totals were career highs ... Registered 17 points, nine rebounds, a season-high three assists and three steals on 3/20 vs. Texas, which included the go-ahead and-one with nine seconds to go ... Posted a double-double (22 pts./10 reb.) to go with game-saving blocked shot with two seconds to go in NCAA Tournament debut on 3/18 vs. Memphis ... Tallied 24 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in a season-high 40 minutes on 3/12 vs. Washington ... Hit 7-of-10 FGs to finish with 20 points, six boards and two assists on 3/11 vs. USC ... Drained 5-of-6 treys en route to 22 points and seven steals vs. Oregon State on 3/10 in Pac-10 Tournament, also passing 600-points in a season ... Hit 5-of-7 FG to finish with 14 points on 3/5 vs. Oregon ... Posted 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 boards on 3/3 vs. Oregon State ... Registered 15 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots on 2/26 at UCLA ... Posted a season-low eight points on 2/24 at USC, snapping a streak of 36 straight games in double figures ... Registered ninth double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds, and added game-saving blocked shot with two-tenths of a second left to preserve win on 2/19 vs. Washington ... Hit 7-of-10 FGs and 12-of-12 FTs to finish with 26 points, eight rebounds and two assists on 2/17 vs. Washington State ... Tallied 11 points, five boards and a steal on 2/13 at Arizona State ... Posted eighth double-double this year with 12 points and 18 rebounds in triple OT win at California on 2/5 that included a season-high 14 defensive boards ... Registered 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists on 2/3 at Stanford ... Hit all six shots, including three treys, en route to 20 points on 1/29 vs. USC ... Tallied 22 points and five rebounds vs. UCLA on 1/27, while attempting a career-high four treys (made two) ... Notched third straight double-double with 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds with a block on 1/22 at Washington State ... Posted second straight double-double with 22 points and 11 boards on 1/20 at Washington ... Collected fifth double-double of the season with 31 pts. (8-of-12 FG and 15-of-16 FT) and 10 rebounds on 1/15 vs. Arizona State ... Hit all five FG attempts and finished with 14 points and nine boards on 1/9 vs. Stanford ... Posted fourth double-double of the season (eighth career) with a career-high 31 points (16-of-22 FT) to go with 12 rebounds vs. California on 1/6, where his 22 FT attempts set a new school record ... Hit 6-of-6 FGs and finished with 16 points, two assists and two steals at Oregon State on 1/2, but made just 3-of-10 free throws ... Had season-low 12 points and seven boards on 12/30 at Oregon ... Posted 17 points (10-of-10 FT), nine boards and three assists on 12/22 vs. Robert Morris ... Tallied 22 points (10-of-11 FT) to go with two blocks and a steal on 12/19 at N.C. State ... Hit 9-of-10 FTs en route to 17 points vs. Northern Arizona on 12/16 ... Scored a season-low 13 points in a season-high 34 minutes vs. BYU on 12/11 ... Posted third double-double of the season (22 pts./10 reb.) to go with three assists on 12/8 vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Registered 16 points and a career-high four steals on 12/5 ... Collected second double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 12/1 at Rice ... Equaled a season-high with 27 points (9-of-15) to go with eight rebounds and two steals vs. Kansas on 11/27 ... Hit 9-of-10 FTs to go with 3-of-3 from behind the arc on 11/26 vs. Santa Clara ... Posted 19 points and six boards on 11/23 vs. Bethune-Cookman ... Collected 15 points and eight rebounds vs. Northern Colorado on 11/21 ... Posted his fifth career double-double (27 pts./career-high 14 reb.) on 11/18 vs. New Mexico State ... Hit 6-of-7 FG to finish with 16 points, five rebounds and a block vs. Idaho State on 11/14.

Freshman (2009-10): The 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (sixth UA player to earn the distinction) and a first-team all-Pac-10 selection, just the 16th freshman conference-wide to claim first-team honors since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79 ... Named a freshman All-American by The Sporting News and ... An NABC second-team all-District 20 pick ... Had four consecutive 20-point games from Jan. 14-28 ... Tied for team lead with two games of 25 or more points ... Had nine games with 20 or more points and four double-doubles ... Ended the regular season ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.7), sixth in rebounding (7.1), fourth in FG percentage (.574/12th nationally), third in defensive rebounds (4.9) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.2) ... Collected 14 points and eight rebounds on 3/11 vs. UCLA in Pac-10 Tournament ... Posted second straight double-double (18 pts./11 reb.) on 3/6 vs. USC in a season-best 40 minutes ... Notched his third double-double with 12 points and 11 boards vs. UCLA on 3/4 ... His block of a dunk attempt with five seconds to go ignited the game winning buzzer beater by Lamont Jones on 2/27 at Stanford, where he hit 8-of-10 shots and finished with 24 points and six rebounds ... Collected 17 points and six rebounds on 2/25 at California ... Posted 15 points and an assist on 2/21 vs. Arizona State ... Recorded his eighth 20-point game of the season to go with a season-best three assists and two steals on 2/11 vs. Oregon ... Registered 16 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals on 2/6 at Washington State ... Posted his second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. California on 1/31 ... Tallied 23 points and eight rebounds vs. Stanford on 1/28 ... Hit 7-of-10 FGs to finish with 20 points, six boards and an assist on 1/23 at Arizona State ... Averaged 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, while shooting .636 (14-of-22) from the field in games at Oregon State and Oregon 1/14-16 ... Notched his first career double-double with game-high totals of 20 points and 13 rebounds at Oregon on 1/16 ... Collected 20 points and a game-high seven rebounds (5 OR) on 1/14 at Oregon State ... Tallied 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds (equaled five times) vs. Washington on 1/10 ... Registered 16 points, nine rebounds and a block on 1/2 at UCLA ... Hit 11-of-12 FTs to go with eight boards and two steals on 12/31 at USC ... Posted team-high totals of 17 points and seven rebounds vs. BYU on 12/28 ... Registered 24 points and six rebounds on 12/23 vs. North Carolina State, finishing with season highs of 10 FGs and two blocks ... Totaled 13 points and a season-high nine boards in 33 minutes vs. Lipscomb on 12/21 ... Four of season-best nine boards were offensive to go with 13 points on 12/12 at San Diego State ... Scored all 11 points vs. Louisiana Tech in the second half on 12/9 ... Hit 4-of-5 FGs and finished with 11 points and six boards on 12/6 at Oklahoma ... Notched a career-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with five rebounds on 12/2 vs. UNLV ... Set a school record with 21 FT attempts (13 made) on 11/23 vs. Wisconsin, finishing with 25 points, eight boards and a block ... Totaled 10 points (5-10 FG), six boards, two assists and two steals vs. Rice on 11/19.

High School: Ranked as the No. 72 overall prospect in the country and the No. 25 power forward by to go with a scout grade of 92 by ESPN ... Another in the long list of Southern California prep standouts to trek to Tucson ... Averaged 25.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game and shot 40 percent from three-point range for coach Larry Kaupang ... Helped the Matadors to a 21-9 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs ... Named second team Best of the West by the Long Beach Press-Telegram ... Earned Player-of-the-Year honors from the Los Angeles Daily News all-area squad ... 2009 Suburban League Player of the Year ... A first-team all-state selection and the CIF 2A Player of the Year ... In three games against high school teams with top-30 recruits, Williams scored 39, 41 and 33 (37.7 ppg) points ... Announced his arrival on the recruiting scene at the 2008 Pangos All-American Camp, where he earned all-star honors and competed in the "Cream of the Crop" game, while also participating in the Double Pump West Coast All-Star Camp.

Williams, Derrick

Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2009-10 31-30 875/28.2 162-282 .574 4-16 .250 158-232 .681 68-151 219 7.1 78-4 22 60 20 19 486/15.7 2010-11 38-38 1141/30.0 226-380 .595 42-74 .568 247-331 .746 105-209 314 8.3 106-5 43 100 26 37 741/19.5 TOTAL 69-68 2016/29.2 388-662 .586 46-90 .511 405-563 .719 173-360 533 7.7 184-9 65 160 46 56 1227/17.8