Honors Fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll Spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll
Career The Wildcats' most veteran player who is entering his fifth season in the program after receiving a medical redshirt as a true freshman. Has seen action in 67 of the last 68 games, including 21 starts, the past two seasons after playing in just 15 combined contests during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Averaging 5.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting with 3.4 rebounds in the past two seasons, including 5.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in Big 12 play.
Signature Games Starting in place of the injured Shane Southwell, Williams posted his first career 20-point game in a double-overtime loss at Baylor (2/15/14)... Led the team in both scoring (20) and rebounding (8), while connecting on 9-of-17 field goals in a career-best 45 minutes... His 45 minutes played were 13 more than his previous career-high and nearly double his season-high. Posted his first career double-double in his second meeting with the Bears (3/8/14) with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a team-high 10 rebounds. Tallied back-to-back double-digit scoring games in wins over South Dakota (12/31/12) and No. 25 Oklahoma State (1/5/13), including 17 points off the bench in the win over the Cowboys in just 21 minutes... Went 7-of-11 from the field with 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 1 steal.
As A Junior (2013-14) Saw action in all 33 games, including 10 starts... Usually one of the first options off the bench, as his 16.3 minutes per game average tied for most by all reserves... One of six players to play in all 33 contests... Nine of his 10 starts came in the last nine games after an injury to senior Shane Southwell, where he averaged 21.3 minutes per contest. Played 20 or more minutes in 11 contests, including a season-best 45 in the double-overtime loss at Baylor (2/15/14). Averaged 6.2 points on 50.3 percent shooting (77-of-153) with 3.5 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game... Connected on 72.2 percent (52-of-72) from the free throw line... Ranked second on the team in offensive rebounds (62), third in field goal percentage and free throw percentage, fourth in field goals, free throws and rebounding average. In his last nine games, he averaged 7.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting (28-of-57) with 4.8 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game... Ranked second in rebounding average, third in field goals and field goal percentage and fourth in scoring during this nine-game span to end the season. Scored in double figures seven times, all in Big 12 play... His seven double-digit scoring games in Big 12 play ranked third on the team behind Foster (15) and Gipson (13)... Scored a career-high 20 points at Baylor (2/15/14) on 9-of-17 shooting... Led the team in scoring twice, including 12 points in a loss at No. 18 Kansas (1/11/14) and Baylor. Tallied a double-double against Baylor (3/8/14) with 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Led the team in rebounding on six occasions, all in Big 12 play... Grabbed five or more rebounds in nine contests, including a combined 18 in two meetings with Baylor... Also posted nine boards in a win over No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14/14). Saw action in all 18 Big 12 games with seven starts... Averaged 8.1 points on 50.9 percent shooting (55-of-108) with 4.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game... Connected on 76.1 percent (35-of-46) from the free throw line in league-only games. Led the team in offensive rebounds (45) in Big 12 games, while he was second in field goal percentage and rebounding average and third in field goals and free throws. Ranked 10th in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds in league play.
As A Sophomore (2012-13) Saw action in 34 games, including 11 starts, as a sophomore... Trailed only Thomas Gipson and Rodney McGruder in number of games played... Started 11 of the first 13 games, including nine in a row to start the season...Was injured vs. No. 14/14 Gonzaga (12/15/12) and missed the Texas Southern (12/18/12) game... Moved to the bench after the change to the four-guard lineup on Dec. 18, serving as a reserve in the last 22 contests. Registered double-digit minutes in 19 games, including a season-best 32 minutes vs. UMKC (12/29/12). Averaged 4.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting (60-of-130) with 3.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 12.5 minutes per game... Connected on 69.7 percent (23-of-33) from the free throw line. Ranked fourth in offensive rebounds and fifth in total rebounds and rebounds per game. Led the team in scoring with 16 points vs. South Dakota (12/31/12) on 7-of-10 field goals... Posted five double-digit scoring efforts, including three in Big 12 play... Scored a season-high 17 points in the win over No. 22/21 Oklahoma State (1/5/13) on 7-of-11 field goals. Led the team in rebounding four times, including a season-best 13 rebounds vs. UMKC (12/29/12)... Also snagged five or more rebounds in nine other games. Saw action in all 18 Big 12 games, averaging 3.4 points on 50.9 percent shooting (27-of-53) with 2.1 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game... Connected on 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the free throw line.
As A Redshirt Freshman (2011-12) Played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman... Registered double-digit minutes in three games, including a season-best 15 minutes at Oklahoma (1/14/12). Averaged 2.2 points on 33.3 percent shooting (7-of-21) with 2.1 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game... Connected on 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line. Scored in six games, including a season-best 12 points at Oklahoma (1/14/12)... Grabbed a season-best nine rebounds at Oklahoma (1/14/12). Saw time in four Big 12 games, averaging 4.3 points on 38.5 percent (5-of-13) with 3.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game in Big 12 play... Connected on 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line in league games. Set season-highs in 10 categories at Oklahoma (1/14/12) with a near double-double of 12 points and nine boards in just 15 minutes.
As A Freshman (2010-11) Received a medical redshirt after sustaining several injuries... Played in just three games, averaging 2.3 points on 60 percent shooting with 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game. Played a season-high 13 minutes against Emporia State (11/29/10), totaling four points on 2-of-3 field goals with four rebounds, one block and one steal. Made his Wildcat debut against Gonzaga (11/22/10) in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic semifinals at the Sprint Center with three points in two minutes of action... Made his first and only 3-pointer against the Bulldogs.
High School Rated No. 89 on the Rivals' 150 for 2011, including No. 20 among small forwards, before opting to enroll early after committing to the program in October 2009. Helped Leavenworth to a 17-8 overall record as a senior in 2009-10, including a No. 7 final ranking by the Kansas City Star... Lost to Blue Valley North in the Class 6A state tournament third-place game. Selected Mr. Kansas Basketball by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA)... He became the sixth Wildcat to earn the honor, following Steve Henson (1986), Gaylon Nickerson (1988), Brian Henson (1991), Josh Reid (1996) and Quentin Buchanan (1999). Named second team All-State for all classes and first team Class 6A by the Topeka Capital-Journal... Scored a game-high 20 points for the North squad in the KBCA All-Star Game in August... Named the Kansas City Star's Athlete of the Week on Jan. 4, 2010... Selected honorable mention Class 6A by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a junior. Averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds as a senior in 2009-10... Recorded 11 20-point games and led the team in scoring on 15 occasions... Scored a season-high 29 points twice, including against Wichita Heights in the Class 6A semifinals on March 12... Led the Pioneers to the state tournament with a 20-point, 14-rebound effort against Shawnee Mission Northwest. Coached by Larry Hogan.
Personal Nino Lorenzo Williams was born Sept. 13, 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri... Guardian is Derek Zeck. Played his AAU ball with the Mo-Kan Spiece. Earned his bachelor's degree in social science in May 2014 and now is working on a Master's in conflict analysis and trauma studies.