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Chaz Williams

At UMass

Chaz Williams roster photo 2013-14

  • Lightning fast point guard helped bring UMass back to the NCAA Tournament after a 16-year absence.
  • Dished 702 assists in his three years at UM, best in program history. (Current list)
  • The 702 assists ranks him fourth in Atlantic 10 history.1)
  • 6.8 assists per game average is best in A-10 history.2)
  • 1,653 points in three seasons at UMass, ranking seventh all-time. (Current list)
  • Three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, becoming the 56th first team all-conference selection in UMass history, the first to go back-to-back-to-back since Rashaun Freeman (2005-07) and just the eighth in A-10 history.3)
  • Three-time NABC & USBWA First Team All-District choice.
  • Started 102 of 103 games at UMass.
  • Also finished UMass tenure with 199 steals (2nd). (Current list) His 1.9 steals per game average would put him first in the category.
  • Tallied 16 double-digit assist games at UMass, passing Carl Smith for the school record.4) Also scored in double-figures in those games, giving him 16 double-doubles.

Total college career

  • 1,978 points and 840 assists. The 840 assists ranks at #26 on the NCAA Division I all-time list.5)
  • 104 games with double figure scoring, 34 with at least 20 points.
  • 18 double-figure assist performances.

2013-14 Redshirt Senior year

Chaz during the 1/26/2014 game versus Fordham. Courtesy: Getty Images.
  • First Team All-Atlantic 10, USBWA & NABC All-District.
  • Ended the year ranked 9th in the A-10 in scoring (15.6), first in assists (6.9 - 4th nationally), 3rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), 7th in FT pct. (.754), 15th in 3-point FG pct. (.362) and t-2nd in steals (1.6).
  • Also averaged 35.2 minutes per game.
  • Scored at least 18 points in 15 of 33 games.
  • Set the UMass career assist record against Saint Louis (3/9), as he finished with 20 points and nine assists.
  • Notched 21 points and 7 assists in the road win at Rhode Island (2/9).
  • Sixteen points and 10 assists at Saint Joe's (2/1).
  • Scored 20 points (all in the 2nd half) in the win at Elon (1/18).
  • Notched a game-high 26 points with eight assists and a career-high tying five steals in the come-from-behind win at George Mason (1/15), which included five of the team's final seven points and a steal that led to the game-winning basket with 8.1 left. Also shot 11-17 from the floor, tying his career high in made field goals.
  • Was named A-10 Player of the Week for the third time after he averaged 23 points, 6 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.5 rebounds in road wins at George Mason and Elon.
  • 22 points to help UMass beat Saint Joe's to open up A-10 play (1/8).
  • Posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists in the overtime win against Providence (12/28).
  • Double-double of 11 and 11 in the win at Ohio (12/18), to help UMass improve to 10-0 on the season.
  • Had a career-game against BYU (12/7) with 32 points and a school-record-tying 15 assists (with just 1 turnover) en route to being named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, along with National Player of the Week by CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Dick Vitale's PTPer of the Week.
  • At the time, the 32 points were tied for the second-most in the A-10 this season, while the 15 assists are still tied for the fourth-most in league history and the third-most in the NCAA this season.
  • Had 19 points, along with five rebounds against New Mexico (11/22).
  • Opened the season averaging 21 points and 8 assists, in the wins over BC, LSU and Youngstown State.
  • Against Youngstown State (11/17), he had a game-high 19 points and 11 assists for his first double-double of the year and 12th of his career.
  • Netted a team-high 24 points, nine assists and three rebounds vs. LSU (11/12), contributing 17 points and five assists in the first half alone.
  • Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 10 assists in wins over LSU and Youngstown State.
  • Opened the season by dropping 20 points on Boston College in the win at TD Garden (11/10).
  • Pre-season: Flirted with the idea of declaring for the NBA, but chose to return for his final year of college eligibility.6)7)8) (4/29/2013)
  • August 2013: Turned down a six-figure salary offer to play professional ball in Turkey, and returned to UMass for final season.9)10)
  • Served at the adidas Nations Global Camp in August 2013.11)

2012-13 Redshirt Junior year

Chaz Williams roster photo 2012-13

  • A-10 First Team All Conference12)
  • A-10 All-Championship Team. Averaged 20.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in UM's three games.
  • NABC All-District First Team13)
  • U.S. Basketball Writers All-District Team for District I (New England)14)
  • Led the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (7.3 apg), steals (2.0 spg) and minutes (35.3 mpg).
  • Ranked third in the nation in assists.15)
  • His 242 assists were second all-time in school history, just five shy of Edgar Padilla's record 247 set during the 1995-96 Final Four season. In terms of assists per game, Chaz averaged 7.3 to Edgar's 6.9.
  • Finished among the A-10 leaders in scoring (6th), assists (1st), steals (6th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 2.3).
  • Selected to the A-10 Pre-Season First Team16)
  • Posted his sixth-career double-double in the win over Harvard (11/13) in the 10 a.m. game as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
  • Hit the game-winning bucket with 3.3 seconds left to beat Siena (11/28) as he recorded his 1,000th career (UM and Hofstra combined) point in the contest.
  • Had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists against Miami (Fla.) (12/1).
  • Finished with 20 points and nine assists in the overtime win over Elon (12/15), played at the MassMutual Center.
  • Regained his touch from the free throw line against East Carolina (12/22) with a 15-for-16 effort that aided in his game-high 26 points as he recorded his third double-double of the year adding 11 assists. (The 15 makes would go on to stand as his college career high, the 16 attempts his UMass high.)
  • Fought through flu-like symptoms to net 12 points, including four of the team's final seven in the win at Northern Illinois (12/29).
  • Game-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting in return to native NYC area at Fordham (1/13).
  • Posted his second-straight 22-point effort with four 3-pointers and nine assists vs. Duquesne (1/17).
  • Collected six points, six rebounds and six assists while scoring the game-winning layup with 8.1 seconds left at La Salle (1/30).
  • Had a then-season-high 27 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting in win over Rhode Island (2/6).
  • Notched his fourth double-double of the year and ninth overall with 16 points and 13 assists against Temple (2/16). (The 13 assists were one shy of UM's Mullins Center record, by Chris Lowe 14 on 3/5/2008.) Also surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his two-year UMass career, becoming the 44th player in school history to accomplish the feat.
  • Had another strong game with his second-consecutive double-double of 26 points and 12 assists at St. Bonaventure (2/20).
  • Tallied his sixth double-double of the year with 20 points, 10 rebounds in the regular-season finale at Rhode Island (3/9).
  • Chaz returns home for A-10 Tournament. Articles from Gazette, Republican, Collegian, Herald (3/14/2013)
  • Scored a season-high 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10-of-10 from the line in an A-10 Quarterfinal win over Temple (3/15).
Chaz's 28 points helped UMass upset 3-seed Temple, the Owls' last game in the A-10.

2011-12 Redshirt Sophomore year

Chaz Williams roster photo 2011-12

Chaz helped UM advance to the NIT Final Four in 2012.

Assist rankings (2011-12)

  • Led the A-10 in Assists: average 6.2, total 231.29)
  • Assists average of 6.24 ranked 13th in the nation. Assists total ranked at a tie for 6th in the nation.30)
  • 231 is good for 3rd most in a season in UMass history (E. Padilla 247 in 1995-96, Herer 238 in 1989-90), and 4th most in a season in Atlantic 10 history (H. Evans (Temple) 294 in 1987-88).31)
  • 231 is a new record for a UMass sophomore (Kellogg 162 in 1992-93) and an Atlantic 10 sophomore (Wheeler (URI) 203 in 1995-96).32) Average of 6.24 was just short of Jameer Nelson's 6.27 A-10 sophomore record.33)

Other milestones (2011-12)

  • 222 free throw attempts are 7th-most in program history.34)
  • .419 3-point field goal percentage is 12th-highest in program history.35)
  • 627 points are 10th-most in program history.36)

Misc. stats (2011-12)

Season in…2512
Points Average18.214.3
Assists Average6.482.76
Turnovers Average3.081.96
Wins/Losses when…W (25)L (12).676
FGAs: 15+74.636
FGAs: 20+201.000
FG% .500+92.818
FG% <.33335.375
FG% ⇐.25003.000
Assists: 7+134.765
Turnovers: 5+45.444
A:TO 2:1+174.810
A:TO <1:115.167

Chaz Williams roster photo 2010-11

2010-11 Sophomore year

Sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules.


Full stats and game logs available from Sports Reference


UMass accomplishments:

  • Double-Doubles: 16 (all Points & Assists), last at Saint Joseph's (2/1/14)
  • 10+ point games: 88, last last vs Tennessee (3/21/14)
  • 20+ point games: 31, last vs Saint Louis (3/9/14)
  • 30+ point games: 1 (32 points), vs BYU 12/7/13)
  • 10+ Field Goals: 3 times, last at George Mason (1/15/14)
  • 10+ Free Throws: 10 times, last at Elon (1/18/14)
  • 10+ Assists: 16 times, last at Saint Joseph's (2/1/14)
  • 5:1 or better Assist to Turnover ratio: 13 times, last vs George Mason (2/12/14)
  • 5+ Steals: 5 times, last at George Mason (1/15/14)
  • 40+ Minutes: 11 times, last vs Rhode Island (2/26/14)

Career Highs

with UMass with Hofstra
Points32 - vs BYU (12/7/2013)20 - 3 times, last vs Drexel (2/10/2010)
Field Goals11 - twice, last at George Mason (1/15/2014)8 - twice, last vs George Mason (1/19/2010)
Field Goals Att.22 - at Siena (11/28/2012)15 - vs Davidson (12/21/2009)
3-Point FG6 - vs Xavier (2/21/2012)4 - twice, last vs George Mason (1/19/2010)
3-Point FG Att.12 - at Siena (11/28/2012)6 - vs IUPUI (3/17/2010)
Free Throws15 - vs East Carolina (12/22/2012)12 - vs Drexel (2/10/2010)
Free Throw Att.16 - vs East Carolina (12/22/2012)18 - vs Drexel (2/10/2010)
Rebounds9 - twice, last at VCU (2/14/2013)9 - vs Rider (2/20/2010)
Assists15 - vs BYU (12/7/2013)10 - twice, last vs Georgia State (2/27/2010)
Blocks1 - 19 times, last vs VCU (2/21/2014)1 - vs George Mason (1/4/2010)
Steals5 - 5 times, last at George Mason (1/15/2014)5 - twice, last vs Rider (2/20/2010)
Minutes47 - at Mississippi State (3/13/2012)40 - twice, last vs Georgia State (3/5/2010)

Additional source:


Courtesy: UMass Athletics

A few minutes with Chaz:

  • If I could be any animal: A Lion
  • Why UMass?: Coaching
  • I hope to do this before graduation: NCAA Tournament
  • Best pregame meal: Grilled chicken
  • Player you pattern your game after: Nate Robinson and Chris Paul
  • Why do you wear your jersey number?: 11 because of my dad
  • Three words I'd use to describe myself as a basketball player: Nate Robinson Jr.
  • What advice would you give to the freshmen? Keep working hard and stay focused
  • Can't go on a road trip without: iPod, laptop, and phone
  • What is your first basketball memory?: Going to the park with my Pa
  • When I was five, I thought I would be: A basketball player
  • Most challenging thing about college so far: Transfering, adjusting to this weather
  • My first thought when I went to college: Thank God
  • TV show I want to be on: The Game
  • Who first taught you to shoot a basketball?: My father, mother, and cousins
  • Favorite food from the DC: Stir Fry
  • Favorite spot to study on campus: By the water
  • Favorite pair of shoes: Gucci
  • What I would do first if I was President: Make sure all single parents are well taken care of
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: Football
  • Favorite movie from the past year: More Than A Game
  • Where I would spend $1,000 first: Toys r Us
  • What does basketball mean to you?: The world
  • Favorite part of practice and game day: Competing
  • Weird fact not many people know about me: Lactose Intolerant


2009-10 Freshman year (Hofstra)

Roster photo 2009-10

  • Named to the CAA All-Freshman Team 37)
  • Played for coach Tom Pecora
  • Averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 assists and played some of his best basketball toward the end of the season
  • Had 14 points and seven assists against St. John's 38)

High School

  • Starred for four seasons at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn
  • Helped his team to a state championship as a junior, when he averaged 22 points and 11 assists
  • Had 32 points and 12 assists in the state championship game
  • Averaged 25.9 points and 6.2 assists as a senior, but saw his hopes for a second straight state title derailed with a postseason shoulder injury
  • Graduated as the second leading scorer in Bishop Ford history
  • Named a Jordan Brand All-American
  • Nominated to McDonald's All-American game
  • Two-time League Player of the Year
  • Named first-team all-state (Class A) by the New York State Sportswriters Association
  • Named second-team All-New York City by the Daily News
  • Rated the sixth best recruit in New York City by
  • Earned MVP honors at the Metro Classic while playing for the New York City boys team.



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Record as of the end of the 2020-21 season.
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Just Being Frank, Episode 7, 7/21/2023
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