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Eric Williams
Eric Williams

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wake Forest, NC

High School:
Wake Forest-Rolesville

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 280

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
03/26/1984

Experience:
4VL

  • Full Name: Eric Bernard Williams
  • Major: Sociology
  • Birth Date: March 26, 1984
  • Birth Place: Germany
  • Parents' Names: Debra and Eric Williams
  • High School Coach: Chuck Hess

    Made great strides each year as a Deacon ... leaves Wake Forest as one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in school history ... a two-time All-ACC selection (2nd team in 2005 and 3rd team in 2006) ... a four-year starter ... put his name in for the 2005 NBA Draft but did not retain an agent... elected to return for his senior season after a solid performance at the Chicago pre-draft camp... was one of the strongest players in college basketball... developed a soft touch around the basket.... improved remarkably rebounding the basketball on both ends of the floor... runs the floor well for a player his size... has re-shaped his body since arriving at Wake Forest... he is lighter, stronger and faster... a very durable player who played in 129 career games and started 121 times ... only Tim Duncan started more Wake games ... scored in double figures 98 times in his career ... had 26 games with double-digit rebounds and 24 career double-doubles ... had a remarkable 184 career dunks ... never missed a game because of injury or illness.

    Individual Honors

  • 2006 Third Team All-ACC
  • 2006 Second Team All-ACC Tournament
  • 2005 Honorable Mention All-America (AP)
  • 2005 Second Team All-ACC
  • 2005 USBWA All-District Team
  • 2005 ACC Player of the Week (1.31.05)
  • 2004 ACC Player of the Week (12.22.03)
  • 2004 ESPN.com National Player of the Week (12.22.03)
  • 2004 College Insider National Player of the Week (12.22.03)

    In The Wake Forest Record Books

  • 1st in single-game offensive rebounds (11 vs. Duke, 2.2.05)
  • 2nd in career field goal percentage (.593)
  • 2nd in career personal fouls (380)
  • 2nd in career games started (121)
  • 2nd in single-season games started (34 in 2006)
  • 2nd in single-season field goal percentage (63.0 in 2005)
  • 3rd in career games played (129)
  • 3rd in freshman games started (31 in 2003)
  • 3rd in single-game minutes without a turnover (42 vs. George Mason, 11.11.05)
  • 4th in freshman personal fouls (96 in 2003)
  • 5th in single-season personal fouls (108 in 2004)
  • 6th in career rebounds (858)
  • 6th in career free throw attempts (673)
  • 8th in career blocked shots (112)
  • 8th in career double-doubles (24)
  • 8th in single-season games played (34 in 2006)
  • 10th in career field goals (676)
  • 11th in single-season minutes played (1,107 in 2006)
  • 11th in single-game defensive rebounds (14 at Clemson, 1.15.06)
  • 12th in career minutes played (3,452)
  • 13th in career scoring (1,738)
  • 13th in career steals (132)
  • 14th in single-game minutes played (48 vs. Texas Tech, 11.18.05)
  • 15th in single-season free throw attempts (221 in 2006)
  • 17th in single-season rebounds (301 in 2006)
  • 18th in single-season field goals (223 in 2006)
  • 21st in single-season blocked shots (37 in 2006)
  • 23rd in single-game steals (6 vs. Clemson, 2.22.06)
  • 25th in single-game rebounds (20 at Clemson, 1.11.06)

    In The ACC Record Books

  • 14th in career field goal percentage (.593)

    2005-06

    A third team All-ACC selection ... played and started in all 34 games - the only Deacon to start every game ... led the ACC in field goal percentage (.619) ... ranked third in the ACC in rebounding (8.9 rpg) ... ranked second on the team and 11th in the ACC in scoring (16.3 ppg) ... was second in the ACC in offensive rebounds and third in defensive rebounds ... played an average of 32.6 minutes per game and fouled out just twice ... went to the free throw line a team-high 221 times ... tied for second on the team with 37 blocked shots ... led the team with 44 steals ... averaged 9.6 rebounds per game in ACC play ... scored 57 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in three ACC Tournament games ... shot 67.6 percent in the ACC Tournament ... was Wake Forest's leading scorer the month of March ... averaged 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds in five neutral site games ... scored in double figures 32 times in 34 games ... had 11 double-digit rebound games ... had 10 double-doubles - more than the rest of the team combined ... had a team-high 58 dunks ... began senior season on a positive note with 22 points, 9 rebounds and he was 10-of-12 from the field in the season opener against Mississippi Valley State ... scored 20 points and grabbed 7 boards Nov. 17 against Florida ... poured in 24 points and had a pair of steals Dec. 13 versus DePaul ... turned in one of the best rebounding efforts in recent Wake Forest history Jan. 11 at Clemson ... had 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against theTigers ... had 21 points, 11 boards, 2 blocks and 2 steals in Jan. 18 win over Georgia Tech ... punished Georgia Tech again Feb. 25 in Atlanta with 24 points and 15 rebounds ... had 22 points and 16 rebounds on Senior Day March 4 against NC State ... scored 23 points, grabbed 12 boards and blocked 3 shots against Duke in the ACC Tournament.

    2004-05

    Honorable Mention All-America (Associated Press)... named second team All-ACC... selected to the USBWA All-District Team... named ACC Player of the Week Jan. 31... led the ACC and ranked third nationally in field goal percentage (.630)... his field goal percentage was the second-highest single-season percentage in Wake history... ranked among the top 11 in the ACC in six different categories... was fourth in the league in defensive rebounds per game (4.91)... ranked sixth in the ACC in rebounding (7.7 rpg)... his 9.1 rebounds per game in ACC games only ranked third in the league... finished seventh in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (2.82)... ranked seventh in the league in scoring (16.1 ppg)... scored 530 points... his 1.09 blocked shots per game ranked 11th in the ACC... his 36 blocked shots were the 21st-most in Wake history... played in all 33 games and started 32 times... averaged 28.8 minutes per game... fouled out just twice... led the team with 36 blocked shots... had 39 steals, including 23 pilfers in ACC games... his 225 free throw attempts were the 12th-most in school history... averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and shot 63.7 percent in road games... averaged 17.2 points per game against ranked teams... averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament... led the team with 31 games scoring in double figures, nine games with double-digit rebounds and nine double-doubles... also led the team with 83 dunks -- 59 more than the next-closest player... his 11 offensive rebounds against Duke Feb. 2 broke a Wake Forest single-game record... his 11 defensive rebounds at Virginia Tech three days later were the most by a Deacon player all season... made 9-of-10 field goal attempts and blocked five shots Dec. 30 against North Carolina A&T... had 15 points, 10 rebounds, went 7-of-9 from the free throw line and had one block and one steal in ACC opener Jan. 2 at Virginia... made a team season-high 13 field goals (on 18 attempts) en route to 29 points at Cincinnati Jan. 22... went 9-of-12 from the field, 9-of-13 from the free throw line and scored 27 points at Georgia Tech Jan. 27... converted 11-of-14 field goal attempts Jan. 29 against Miami... had 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots Feb. 2 against Duke.. his 14 rebounds against Florida State Feb. 12 were the most by a Wake player in 2004-05... his 16 free throw attempts against Georgia Tech March 2 were the most by a Deacon player all season... played 45 minutes in NCAA Tournament double-overtime loss to West Virginia... scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked two shots and recorded three steals against the Mountaineers.

    Summer, 2004

    One of 25 players invited to try-out for the USA National Under-20 Team... would have likely joined Deacon teammates Justin Gray and Chris Paul on that team had he not missed almost the entire trials because of extreme dehydration... USA coach Kelvin Sampson waited until the final moment before narrowing the team to 12 players in hopes that Williams could recover in time... after the trials he attended Tim Grgurich's Big Man Camp.

    2003-04

    Played in all 31 games... started 24 times... averaged 24.9 minutes of action per game... earned three awards after leading Wake Forest to a Dec. 20 triple-overtime win at North Carolina -- ACC Player of the Week, ESPN.com National Player of the Week and College Insider National Player of the Week... ranked third on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg.) and second in rebounding (5.6 rpg.)... led the team in field goal percentage (.546)... shot a team-best 57.5 percent against nationally-ranked teams... shot a solid 68.2 percent from the free throw line (90 of 132)... committed a team-high 108 personal fouls and fouled-out seven times... ranked second on the team with 21 blocked shots... ranked 18th in the ACC in scoring... finished 11th in the ACC in rebounding... averaged 21.0 ppg. in five December games to lead the team... scored in double figures 22 times, ranking second on the team behind Justin Gray... had three double-doubles on the year, also ranking second on the team... had 38 of Wake Forest's 87 dunks... scored a career-high 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded two steals Dec. 2 vs. Indiana... had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and made 8-of-12 field goal attempts Dec. 15 at SMU... earned national recognition after leading Wake Forest to a triple-overtime win at No. 4 North Carolina Dec. 4 in the ACC opener... played 40 minutes, scored 24 points, grabbed eight boards and made 11-of-18 shots against the Tar Heels... was instrumental in a Feb. 18 win over No. 3 Duke with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots... made 7-of-8 field goal attempts en route to 18 points, went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and had seven rebounds in the March 6 regular season finale vs. NC State... scored 19 points and 7-of-8 field goal shooting in NCAA Sweet 16 game against 5th-ranked St. Joseph's.

    2002-03

    Started all 31 games -- the third-most games started ever by a Wake Forest freshman... led the Deacons in field goal percentage (.547) -- the eighth-highest percentage ever by a Wake Forest freshman... ranked fifth on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg.)... ranked 15th in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (1.84)... helped Wake Forest lead the nation in rebounding... blocked 18 shots -- the 11th-most ever by a Wake Forest freshman... recorded two double-doubles... committed a team-high 96 personal fouls and tied for the team high with five disqualifications... his eight offensive rebounds against SC State on Dec. 18 tied for the most by a Deacon in 2002-03... had an impressive career debut with 14 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) and four steals in the season opener against Yale... followed that effort with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double versus Temple... earned another double-double Dec. 18 against SC State with 11 points and 10 boards... was a key player in Wake's Dec. 21 win over visiting St. John's with 16 points (on 7-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds and a blocked shot... made all six of his free throw attempts en route to 16 points in Jan. 15 victory versus Maryland... rebounded from a late January scoring slump by pouring in 16 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) to go with five rebounds and two assists in home win over NC State... turned his game up a notch in the postseason... scored 12 points in just 11 minutes against NC State in the ACC Tournament... poured in 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots against East Tennessee State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

    High School

    Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, 2002... an all-state performer... a four-year starter for the Cougars under coach Chuck Hess... averaged 28 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and three steals as a senior... the Cap 6 Conference Player of the Year... averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks per game as a junior... shot a remarkable 85 percent from the floor as a junior... averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals per contest as a sophomore... averaged 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals per game as a freshman... a three-time member of the GlaxoSmithKline All-Tournament Team... was named Most Outstanding Player of that tournament in 2000 and 2001... the Wake County Player of the Year in 2002... participated in the prestigious McDonald's High School All-Star Game... played on the East team along with North Carolina's Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants and Sean May, Duke's J.J. Redick and Shavlik Randolph, Maryland's Travis Garrison, among others... scored 9 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the McDonald's All-Star Game... also named to the Parade All-American Team and was ranked among the nation's top 25 high school players... participated in the Global Games in Dallas... played on the same AAU team (the Raleigh Heat) with Duke's Randolph... coached in AAU ball by Darryl Robinson.

    Personal

    Nicknames are "Big E", "Big Dogg" and "Atlas"... comes from an athletic family... his dad, Eric, played football on the college level and his mother, Debra, played basketball in college, both at Livingstone... Debra once grabbed 31 rebounds in a game ... Debra's yellow hat that she wore to most home games became so popular with Deacon fans that the entire pep band began wearing replicas of the hat as part of their uniform... has two younger brothers (Darius and Mitchell) and a younger sister (Jessica)... broke a rim in a game as a junior in high school... chose Wake Forest over NC State and North Carolina... his high school, Wake Forest-Rolesville, is located directly across the street from the old Wake Forest campus... Williams is very proficient at drawing cartoons, which have been featured in the Raleigh News & Observer and on WXII-TV.

    Williams' Career Statistics
    SeasonGGSMPMPGFGFGAPCT3PT3PAPCTFTFTAPCTO-D-REBAVGPF-DQASTOBSSTPTSAVG
    2002-03313162420.1105192.54700---5995.62157-70-1274.196-5205718232698.7
    2003-04312477124.9147269.54600---90132.68277-98-1755.6108-72063212638412.4
    2004-05333295028.8201319.63000---128225.56993-162-2557.789-21667363953016.1
    2005-063434110732.6223360.61900---109221.493107-194-3018.987-23477374455516.3
    TOTALS 129121345226.86761140.59300---386673.574334-524-8586.7380-1690264112132173813.5
    Williams' Career ACC Statistics
    SeasonGGSMPMPGFGFGAPCT3PT3PAPCTFTFTAPCTO-D-REBAVGPF-DQASTOBSSTPTSAVG
    2002-03161631319.63980.48800---2040.50020-24-442.853-3123358986.1
    2003-04161041125.765126.51600---4364.67244-50-945.956-293513917310.8
    2004-05161649530.992152.60500---75121.62054-91-1459.146-2637162325916.2
    2005-06161654133.8105184.57100---5699.56655-99-1549.642-21930162126616.6
    TOTALS6458176027.5301542.55500---194324.599173-264-4376.8198-946135506179612.4
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