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Harper Williams
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Harper Williams with Cáceres in 2008
Personal information
Born (1971-05-25) May 25, 1971 (age 44)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Bassick (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
College UMass (1989–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Undrafted
Pro career 1993–2010
Position Power forward
Career history
1993–1994 Elmar León
1994–1995 CB Estudiantes
1995–1996 TDK Manresa
1996–1997 CB Estudiantes
1997–1999 León Caja España
1999–2000 Limoges CSP
2000–2001 Panionios B.C.
2001–2002 Fillattice Imola
2002–2005 Ricoh Manresa
2005–2006 CB Gran Canaria
2006–2007 CB Breogán
2007–2009 Cáceres 2016
2009–2010 Franca
Career highlights and awards

Harper Terry Williams (born May 25, 1971) is a retired American basketball player and a current administrative assistant on the Auburn Tigers coaching staff. He played professionally for 17 years, including ten in Spain's Liga ACB.

College and early life

Williams, a 6'8" power forward from Bridgeport, Connecticut, led Bassick High School to a 29-0 undefeated state championship season as a senior and was named 1989 Connecticut player of the year.[1]

He went to the University of Massachusetts to play for coach John Calipari, where he became one of the key players in the Minutemen's resurgence. Williams led the Minutemen to two straight Atlantic 10 Tournament titles as a junior and senior in 1992 and 1993 - their first in thirty years - and was tournament MVP in both events. In 1992, the Minutemen adavnced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Williams was named first team All-Atlantic 10 his last two seasons and was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 1992. He finished his career with 1,543 points (12.9 points per game) and 854 rebounds (7.2 per game).[2]

Professional career

Following his UMass career, Williams was not drafted in the 1993 NBA Draft. He instead began a long international career in Spain with Elmar León of Liga ACB. Williams would play ten total seasons in ACB. He was a league All-Star in 2003 with Manresa,[1] and finished his career in the top 25 in league history in points (5,193), rebounds (2,493) and blocked shots (493). He led the league in blocked shots in 2002.[3]

Williams also played in the top leagues in France, Greece and Italy and was named an All-Star in Greece's HEBA A1 and in France's LNB Pro A. He also played in Mexico and Brazil in the latter stages of his career.[1]

Coaching career

On September 9, 2011, Williams was named as an administrative assistant on former UMass teammate Tony Barbee's staff at Auburn.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Harper Williams Named Auburn Basketball Administrative Assistant". Auburn Athletics. 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2011-12 UMass men's basketbal record book" (PDF). UMass Athletics. 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2010-11 ACB Media Guide (Spanish)". Liga ACB. 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 

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