The San José State men's basketball team signed junior college All-American point guard Gary Williams Jr., Tuesday to a National Letter-of-Intent for competition beginning with the 2015-16 season. Head coach Dave Wojcik made the announcement.
The 6-foot-5 point guard from Oakland, Calif., averaged 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists as a sophomore in 2014-15 at Indian Hills Junior College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Along with being announced as a National Junior College Athletic Association third-team All-American, Williams was a first-team All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) honoree, and first-team All-Region 11 selection.
Williams shot an efficient 51 percent from the field while leading the Warriors to a 29-5 overall record in 2014-15. He scored a season-high 30 points and drained the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining in the district championship to punch the team's ticket to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament. Williams made all 10 of his foul shots in that game and ended the year fifth nationally with his 88 percent mark from the stripe.
Williams led Indian Hills to a 54-9 record in his two seasons with the team.
"It brings me great pleasure to add a player and person like Gary Williams to our program," Wojcik said. "Gary is an innate leader. The combination of his work ethic and personality provide Gary with all the tools to be a great leader for our program moving forward. He was a constant throughout the year at Indiana Hills and put his team on his back in the region championship to earn a spot in the national tournament. When my staff saw Gary play this year, we knew he was the missing piece that we needed."
Williams is a 2012 graduate of Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif., where he was a first-team All-Oakland Athletic League point guard as a senior.
"Gary will come to San Jose State and immediately impact our team and the community," Wojcik said. "It is great for us to add a Bay Area product to our team, as we know that Gary will bring excitement to local basketball fans. Gary's willingness to be coached and his persistence to get better every day will have a great influence on our team."
Williams, the first guard of this year's NLI additions, joins 6-foot-9 Indiana all-state forward Ryan Welage (Greensburg, Ind.), 6-foot-8 ESPN four-star rated forward Cody Schwartz (De Pere, Wisc.) and defensive standout 6-foot-7 forward Brandon Clark (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the group of 2015-16 signees.