- Number: 12
- Position: Guard
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 210
- Years Pro: R
- Date of Birth: 10/14/93 (Orlando, FL)
- Prior to NBA: Central Florida
Matt Williams Jr. Bio
Was not drafted by the NBA out of college in the 2017 NBA Draft…signed by the HEAT as a free agent on July 24, 2017..
Played five seasons at the University of Central Florida...appeared in 124 career games (57 starts) and averaged 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 25.1 minutes while shooting 38.2 percent from the floor, 37 percent from three-point range and 77.2 percent from the foul line…finished his career as UCF’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made for a career (274), a season (126) and for a single-game (11)…became the 18th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points… started all 36 games in which appeared as a redshirt senior in 2016-17 and averaged 15.1 points (.391 FG%, .811 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 36.5 minutes while shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range…received the team’s MVP Award…set single-season school records for three-point field goals made and minutes played…his 126 three-point field goals made ranked second in the nation and set the single-season American Athletic Conference single-season record…led the AAC and ranked fifth in the nation with 3.5 threes made per game…led UCF in points, field goals made and attempted, three-point field goals made and attempted, free throw percentage and minutes…ranked second on the team and eighth in the AAC in scoring average…his 542 points were the fifth-most for a single-season in the school’s Division I history…scored a career-high 38 points, including a school and AAC single-game record 11 three-point field goals made vs. USF on Jan. 17, 2017…72.1 percent of his field goal attempts were from three-point range…made five-or-more treys in a game 10 times…recorded eight 20-point games…appeared in all 30 games (18 starts) as a redshirt junior in 2015-16 and averaged 8.1 points (.365 FG%, .735 FT%), 2.6 rebounds and 25.9 minutes while shooting 32.9 percent from three-point range…led team in three-point field goals made and attempted…appeared in just one game as a junior in 2014-15 (played nine minutes) before having season-ending knee surgery and being granted a medical redshirt…appeared in all 31 games (three starts) for the Knights as a sophomore in 2013-14 and averaged 6.0 points (.392 FG%, .545 FT%), 2.4 rebounds and 19.6 minutes while shooting a team-leading 38.4 percent from three-point range…led the team in three-point field goals made and attempted…came off the bench in all 26 games in which he appeared in as a freshman in 2012-13 and averaged 5.0 points (.375 FG%, .769 FT%), 1.2 rebounds and 15.6 minutes while shooting 38.5 percent from three-point range…earned Conference USA Freshman of the Week honors after he scored a season-high 21 points in his UCF debut against Florida Tech on Dec. 1…finished third on the team in three-point field goals made…missed the first five games of the season due to a ruptured appendix.
Full name is Matthew Williams, Jr.…nickname is “Matt”…is the son of Cassandra and Matt Williams, Sr…has a pair of sisters (Tiesha and Ashley Williams)…his cousin, Keiaron Jackson, played football and basketball at Webber International University from 2009-13…earned a degree in human communications at UCF…chose his major because it had to do with a lot of writing which he’s good at and enjoys…earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times…captured the Bill Callarman Award from UCF twice (2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons) for his work in the classroom and the Iron Knight Award from the UCF strength and conditioning staff three times (2013-14, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons)…says his most prized possession is his ability to respect others…credits his parents as the people who made a difference in his life…when his playing career is over he would like to be a program director for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida…in May of 2015 he traveled to St. Vincent’s and the Grenadines with UCF’s Knights Without Borders Program, a week-long community service trip for UCF athletes that promote education and health awareness and provide mentoring services for at-risk student-athletes through free athletic and academic camps…in his free time he enjoys playing video games, swimming, taking cycling classes and sleeping…had to overcome a number of serious injuries during his time at UCF before persevering to sign an NBA contract…during his freshman season while battling flu-like symptoms he collapsed during practice on Oct. 25, 2012 and suffered a life-threatening ruptured appendix and was rushed to Florida Hospital in Winter Park where he stayed for two weeks and dropped 30 pounds after not being able to eat the first week…his sophomore year he played through nagging knee pain which was the result of a rare genetic condition that required career-saving surgery…he was diagnosed with inferior bipartite patella, a congenital condition that causes a failure of fusion in the bones surrounding the kneecap and happens to just one percent of the population and most never feel symptoms…his last serious injury was a broken wrist the summer before his junior year…averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a senior at Jones High School and was named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Class 4A First Team…was also selected to the SourceHoops Florida Class 4A All-State Second Team and earned Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Second Team honors…averaged 15.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a junior and helped guide Jones HS to the state championship game and a 25-6 record…wears size 14 sneakers.