Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks senior power forward Chris Williams was named the American Southwest Conference East Division Men's Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by ASC Media Relations Director Greg Weghorst.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Forrest City, Ark., product averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 65 percent from the field in a pair of games during the week. Williams collected a double-double (25 points/11 rebounds) in a come-from-behind win against Hardin-Simmons Saturday. Williams helped the Eagles (5-6, 3-3) overcome a 20-point second half deficit against HSU, scoring 19 of his career-high 25 points in the second half, including a stretch where he pumped in seven straight. Williams, who had three straight double-doubles following the HSU game, now has five on the year. Against McMurry on Monday, Williams poured in 16 points and snagged five boards. Williams finished 12-of-16 from the free throw line and 3-of-3 from the three-point line during the two-game stretch.
Williams is among the most productive forwards in the league, ranking second in the ASC in rebounding (8.9) and thirteenth in scoring (13.2). He has started in all 11 games for Ozarks and is hitting over 50 percent of his shots from the floor.
Williams is a graduate of Forrest City High School where he earned All-Conference honors and made the All-State Tournament Team during his prep career.