|Intro||Professional basketball player|
|Is||Athlete Basketball player|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||10 October 1980, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA|
Damond L. Williams (born October 10, 1980) is an American professional basketball player in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia League. Williams, who is 6'6", is known for his versatility as a combo guard, effective at playing both point guard and shooting guard positions. He led his team through a perfect season in the Syrian Premier League and Syrian League Cup in the 2009 season. In 2009 Damond was voted the best shooting guard of the 20th Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Damond is also Founder of the Chicago Basketball Academy a private non-sectarian coeducational high school focused on academic and athletic excellence in the field of basketball.
Early life and youth
Damond L. Williams was born on Chicago's southeast side. He attended the esteemed Hyde Park Career Academy where he was a constant honor role student-athlete. Damond earned All-City accolades in cross country, but excelled in basketball as he often won slam-dunk contests and proved to be a prolific scorer. He received a full-athletic scholarship to New Mexico State University in 1997 when he was 17.
Damond earned great athletic notoriety having played for a number of NCAA Division 1 schools under a full athletic scholarship University of Memphis, and New Mexico State before finding a permanent role on the McNeese State University Men's Basketball team, where he was the Lake Charles Toyota 2003 McNeese State University MVP. In 50 games with the McNeese State Cowboys, Damond established himself as a standout student-athlete and earned a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences. Heralded for his brilliant all-around game and explosive play style, Damond played a pivotal role in McNeese State's sharp rise to the top of the Southland Conference and the 2002 NCAA Tournament where he was named Chevrolet MVP of the 1st-round game against Mississippi State University.
Williams started his professional career in Ireland with the Tralee Tigers of the Premier League during the 2003–04 season, helping the team win the championship.
Williams played in the United States Basketball League for the Cedar Rapids River Raiders during the 2004-2005 season. Williams later played in the Continental Basketball Association league, playing for the Dakota Wizards during the 2005-2006 seasons. Shortly after, Williams was drafted to play in Argentina and upon his return to the U.S, he was drafted into the NBA Development League to play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. However, Williams instead choose to accept an offer to compete internationally for the top basketball league in Syria. Williams also played in exhibition games for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters in 2004 and 2007.
In 2007, Williams joined the Argentine LNB League team Boca Juniors (basketball), where he led his team to win Copa Argentina de Básquetbol Argentina Cup at the National Level, and Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes at the International Level. Within the LNB, Williams would later play for multiple teams, including: Reales de La Vega, Titanes Del Distrito Nacional, Mineros de Cananea and Huracanes del Atlantico.
In 2007, Williams joined the Syrian Premier League, playing for 3 teams from 2007 - 2010: Al-Jaish SC (Damascus), Al-Ittihad SC Aleppo, and Jalaa SC (men's basketball). While playing in the Syrian Premier League, Williams won several titles in the Syrian League and in the Syrian League, Hoops Club and the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
Professional career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|2004-04||Cedar Rapids River Raiders||5||1||9||52.5||39.4||81.8||1.4||1.6||1.1||1.2||4.0|
|2005–05||Soles de Mexicali||7||7||37||56.8||39.7||77.3||7.0||5.4||1.3||1.7||28.4|
|2006–07||Boca Juniors (basketball)||10||10||35||55.5||38.8||74.7||6.7||3.9||1.2||1.5||18.9|
|2007–07||Calor de Mexicali||12||12||37||53.6||41.2||77.3||7.9||3.2||2.3||1.4||32.1|
|2007–08||Al-Jaish SC (Damascus)||27||27||36||59.0||40.7||79.6||7.3||3.4||1.8||.9||28.6|
|2008–08||Reales de La Vega||8||8||35||56.2||41.4||79.7||6.7||2.7||1.4||1.3||24.7|
|2008–09||Jalaa SC (men's basketball)||32||32||27||58.3||42.5||76.2||5.8||4.9||1.9||1.1||17.6|
|2009–10||Al-Ittihad SC Aleppo||27||27||38||58.9||42.5||78.6||7.4||5.7||1.7||1.6||27.4|
|2010–10||Titanes Del Distrito Nacional||8||8||35||53.8||41.8||77.3||6.5||3.8||1.3||.8||24.8|
|2011–11||Mineros de Cananea||8||8||31||57.5||30.0||74.2||4.1||1.8||1.4||1.0||15.6|
|2013–13||Mineros de Cananea||10||10||29||64.4||20.0||81.0||2.8||4.8||2.6||0.8||16.3|
|2001-02||McNeese State University||21||21||34||51.2||38.1||61.8||5.5||1.4||1.8||.7||11.4|
|2002-03||McNeese State University||29||27||35||46.7||29.9||54.2||6.3||2.4||1.7||1.3||10.7|
Awards and accomplishments
- 2007 Liga Profesional de Baloncesto Regular Season Finalist - Silver
- 2007 Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacífico All Star Game
- 2007 Copa Argentina de Básquetbol Champion: Gold
- 2007 Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes Finalist: Silver
- 2008 Syrian Premier League MVP
- 2008 Jalaa SC (men's basketball) Silver
- 2009 Jalaa SC (men's basketball) Champion Gold
- 2009 Jalaa SC (men's basketball) Syrian Premier League Champion Gold
- 2009 Jalaa SC (men's basketball) Syrian Cup Winner Champion Gold
- 2009 Jalaa SC (men's basketball) Aleppo International Tournament Champion Gold
- 2009 Dubai International Tournament Bronze
- 2009 Best Shooting Guard Dubai International Tournament
- 2010 Syrian Basketball Cup Bronze
- 2010 Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Honorable Mention
- 2012 All-Lebanon League Honorable Mention
- 2002 Chevrolet McNeese State University MVP
- 2002 Southland Conference Tournament Winner Gold
- 2002 Southland Conference Regular Season Champion Gold
- 2002 All-Southland Conference
- 2003 Toyota Lake Charles McNeese State University MVP
- 2003 Southland Conf. Tournament Semifinals Bronze