Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 212 lbs
Hometown: Detroit, MI
High School: Renaissance
Paul Williams closed out his University of Dayton basketball career as one of the best shooters and defenders in recent memory. The left-handed guard is known as a lockdown defender and catch-and-shoot specialist. Williams won the team’s Best Defender Award for the second consecutive season. He always drew the opponents’ toughest backcourt assignment. At 6-foot-4 and 206 pounds, he had the length to cover smaller guards and the strength to handle bigger players.
Williams ranks 10th all-time in school history for three-pointers made with 876. For his career, he shot 155-for-426 (.364) from beyond the arc. His 155 made three-pointers ranks 10th in school history. Williams ranks 56th all-time in UD history with 876 career points and is tied for second all-time with 137 career games played. He averaged 6.4 points per game while playing 22.2 minutes per game for his career.
Not only was Williams a terrific three-point shooter, but he was clutch in big game situations. The poised guard had a knack for coming through with a huge bucket or drilling free throws down the stretch. During his career, Williams connected at a .847 (50-of-59) free throw percentage in the last two minutes in the final three seasons of his career, including .938 (15-of-16) as a sophomore and .917 (22-of-24) as a senior. He shot .786 (165-of-210) from the free throw line in his career.
Williams is part of the second-winningest class in UD basketball history. The class of 2012 accounted for 94 victories, just short of the 2011 class’s school-record 95 wins. The 2012 class advanced to the postseason every season (1 NCAA, 3 NIT) and won at least 20 games each season. The 2012 class won the Chicago Invitational in 2008, advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round (round of 32) in 2009, won the 2010 NIT Championship, and won the 2011 Old Spice Classic.
Paul Williams set career highs in points per game (9.2) and minutes per game (30.0) during his final season in a Flyer uniform. The left-handed guard totaled 303 points on the season while playing 989 minutes. Williams started in 30 of the 33 games as a senior and was second on the team in three-pointers made (50), third in three-point percentage (.350) and third in free-throw percentage (.831).
Williams started hot to open the 2011-2012 season as he scored in double figures in three of the first four games. He opened the season with 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc against Western Illinois. In the next game at Miami, Williams scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. He scored 18 points in the first round of the Old Spice Class against Wake Forest on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
Williams had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting at Murray State and had 12 points against Florida International. He had 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field against Ole Miss and had 11 points against Saint Louis. Williams had 13 points in the home victory over Xavier.
Williams scored 18 points in back-to-back games at Xavier and at Duquesne. He closed his career with four straight double-figure scoring games. He had 10 points on Senior Day against George Washington and in the Atlantic 10 tournament against George Washington. Williams had 11 points in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinal match-up against Xavier and 12 points in the NIT first round at Iowa.
The early season shooting of Paul Williams put him on a record-setting pace. Through the first 11 games of the season, Williams was shooting .552 (21-of-38) from beyond the arc. He tapered off a bit but still managed to shoot a scorching .418 from downtown for the season, which ranked him fifth in the A-10. Overall, Williams scored 301 points, which is good enough for 8.4 points per game. He shot the ball well from the foul line with a percentage of .786 (55-of-70). Williams also shot the ball well from the field with a .406 (95-of-234) percentage. He played in all 36 games, which included 34 starts, while playing a total of 951 minutes (26.4 mpg). For the season, Williams scored in double-figures 14 times.
The red-hot early season shooting began in the first game against Mount St. Mary’s for Williams. In that game, he poured in 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Against Savannah State, he netted 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from downtown. At home against Miami, Williams scored 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
At Old Dominion, Williams scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The five three pointers made were also a career-high. In the thrilling double-overtime victory against New Mexico, Williams played a career-high 41 minutes as he buried 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc and finished with a total of 16 points.
Williams chipped in 12 points in the road contests at Saint Louis and UMass to start the A-10 conference slate. He also scored 12 points at Rhode Island on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. In the home match-up against Xavier, Williams netted 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
In the A-10 conference tournament quarterfinal win against Xavier, Williams poured in 14 points on a stellar 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from downtown. In the NIT against College of Charleston, Williams ended the season on a strong note by netting 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Paul Williams saw his playing time increase during his sophomore campaign as he served as a key role player in the Flyers’ success.
Williams stepped up in the early season victory over #19 Georgia Tech as he recorded 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and three assists. In that game Williams proved to be clutch for the Flyers as he scored the team’s final seven points in the last minute of regulation. He hit the go-ahead three pointer with 56 seconds left to give the Flyers a 59-57 lead that they would not relinquish. He also proved to be a clutch shooter from the foul line as he went 4-of-4 and recorded a steal in the final 34 seconds. He scored 10 points and dished out three assists against Kansas State.
The Flyers were forced to play Appalachian State without Marcus Johnson and Chris Johnson due to injury, and Williams responded well. He chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes of play as the Flyers cruised to victory. Williams also chipped in 12 points at Duquesne.
In the first round match-up of the A-10 tournament against George Washington, Paul scored 10 points, which included a stellar 7-of-8 from the foul line. He scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the NIT second-round victory at Cincinnati.
However, Williams saved his best performance for last as he scored a career-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting against North Carolina in the NIT championship game. He was on fire from beyond the arc as he buried 4-of-7 three-pointers. Overall, Williams averaged 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds while playing 20.4 minutes per game. He played in 36 games, which included 10 starts. He shot 37% from the field, 35% from beyond the arc, and 75% from the foul line.
Williams scored nine points and shot 3-for-5 from three-point range in a win over Troy. He corralled four rebounds in 11 minutes versus Miami. He picked up two steals, a rebound and an assist versus St. Bonaventure.
Williams snagged a season-best six rebounds and scored four points versus Saint Louis. He added another five rebounds against Saint Joseph’s. He sank a three-pointer and dished out two assists against No. 14 Xavier. He scored six points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist versus Richmond. Williams matched his season-best with six rebounds and added four points at Saint Louis, and had three rebounds at No. 17/18 Xavier. He added seven points and four rebounds versus Duquesne, and had four points and two rebounds against Richmond in the A-10 Quarterfinals. Versus West Virginia in the NCAA First Round, Williams recorded three points. He added three points and five rebounds in the Kansas game.
One of the top prep recruits out of Michigan, Williams brought a reputation as a clutch shooter and lockdown defender to the Flyer backcourt. He was a member of the A-10’s Preseason All-Newcomer team. An athletic 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Detroit’s Renaissance High School, Williams was one of four finalists for the title of Michigan’s “Mr. Basketball” during his senior year. As a senior, he averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, and once scored 55 points during his junior year. Williams shot 51 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line during his senior campaign.
Full name: Paul Williams
Nickname: Diddy, P Mac
Son of: Joslyn Smith
Birthday: February 14, 1989
Major: Criminal Justice
High School Coach: Mark White, Cameron Nichols
AAU Team: The Family
Career Goal: To be an NBA Player and in the Hall of Fame
Why I Chose UD: UD is a great place to play
Dayton Career Highs
Points: 20, at Miami (11/15/11)
Rebounds: 8, Presbyterian (12/19/10); USC-Upstate (12/11/11)
Assists: 8, Charlotte (2/15/12)
Steals: 3, UMass (2/25/12)
Blocks: 2, at UMass (3/8/11)
FGs Made: 8, at Miami (11/15/11)
FT Made: 7, George Washington (3/9/10)
Minutes: 41, New Mexico (1/11/11)
Pete Boyle (1950-51), George Woywood (1952-54), Al Sicking (1954-57), Hank Josefczyk (1957-60), Harold Schoen (1960-64), Rudy Waterman (1965-68), Rex Gardecki (1969-72), Bill Frericks (1975-77), John Tomlinson (1979-80), Roosevelt Chapman (1980-84), Steve Pittman (1985-89), Al Sickard (1989-92), Shawn Haughn (1993-97), Marques Bennett (2002-2006)