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CCRI’s Williams named First Team All-American
The CCRI Knights dream season came to and in the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship game with a 70-60 loss to the National Champion Bears of Mott Community College from Flint. MI. However, they just received some spectacular news with Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) being named NJCAA Division II men’s basketball First Team All-American.
Freshman sensation Desmond Williams came into the season as a mid-major Division I recruit and has quickly elevated his stock to a high Division I talent. Williams charted double-digit scoring in 33 of his 35 games played with his season-high of 41 coming in the NJCAA Division II National Championship semi-final 83-78 victory over South Suburban College where he put up the ridiculous stat line of 41 points, nine steals and eight rebounds to lead the Knights to the National Championship game. Williams scored 720 total points while averaging 20.6 points per game, including 69 3-pointers, which ranked him No. 17 in the Division II NJCAA men’s basketball in scoring. His 720 points ranks him No. 29 on the CCRI All-time scoring list just behind No.28 Ross Callen (‘95-‘97) and ahead of No. 30 Colin Burns (‘08-‘10) with 705. In addition, his 720 in one season is fifth all-time behind an impressive group of CCRI scoring legends that includes: Marvin Owens 794 in ’06, Ken McDonald 754 in ’90, Rick Santos 732 in ’72 and Brendan Murphy 724 in ’92, all of who are in the top five all-time on the CCRI career scoring list. Williams added 109 steals or 3.1 steals per game to rank No. 10 in the NJCAA. Williams and backcourt mate Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) (ranked No. 14 with 92 total steals) where a formidable one-two punch and quite possibly the best back court in the Nation. Williams also added 95 assists to average 2.7 per game as he got his team mates involved in the game and rounded his stat line with 166 rebounds to average 4.7 rebounds per game to help the Knights. In addition for his efforts, Desmond was named NJCAA Division II men’s basketball player of the week for the week of February 1st. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, IL, where he helped lead his to a second place finish, CCRI’s best finish since 1991.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented on his freshman All-American: “The CCRI men's basketball team's players coaches are truly so proud of Desmond Williams being named First Team All-American. This accomplishment is due to Desmond's dedication to working hard and getting better on a daily basis. It is also due to his total commitment to his team. Desmond's attitude is one of ‘what can I do for my team first?’ Not ‘what can my team do for me?’ Desmond Williams is an excellent basketball player who more importantly is an even better young man. The Men's Basketball Program continues to be proud of how Desmond and all our young student-athletes represent themselves, our basketball program and the Community College of Rhode Island, positively, respectfully and maturely!”