Corey Williams: Early Years
Mr. Williams is a Bronx bred basketball player who attended Rice High School where things didn’t go exactly as planned by any basketball player standards. His grades were less than stellar and he received no offers to play after high school except from a JUCO in Kansas City called Penn Valley CC. What people doubted in his scholastic and athletic ability, Corey made up for in pure heart. He fought his way through and upon attending Penn Valley CC, Corey helped them to a NJCAA Mens Division 2 National Championship. His following year he was named JUCO First Team All-American as a sophomore. So we’re guessing he had more to offer than what others were willing to notice or work with. By believing in himself and working hard, Corey received an offer to play for Alabama State. A well known HBCU where in two years he averaged 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists a game. Upon graduating with his Criminal Justice degree Mr. Williams went back home as he again had no prospects to continue his career.
Homicide: AKA Corey Williams
However, in typical Corey fashion, he decided to make a way. He began playing streetball and quickly developed a reputation for destroying his opponents which penned him the nickname “Homicide”. Just like that a legend is born, and Corey blazed his own path from there. He’s played for and excelled on more teams we even knew existed, but we can pick out a few just to show the depth of his career.
In 2004-2005 Mr. Williams joined the Yunnan Honghe in the Chinese Basketball Association. There he bought his do or die attitude and averaged 27 points a game. After having stints with multiple NBA summer league teams from the Nuggets to the Warriors, Williams ended up winning an NBA Development League Championship with the Dakota Wizards in 2007. He averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists a game. However Corey was far from done, and continued his journey to Australia where he signed with the Townsville Crocodiles and played 3 seasons with the NBL team. His third and final season in 2010 saw him receive Player Of The Year Honors as he averaged 18.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists a game while shooting an efficient 50% from the field. He would play for other teams in the NBL, but finished his Australian career averaging 19.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists a game.
Corey would continue playing the sport that gave him so much and would finish up his career in Puerto Rico and Lebanon by 2016, but his heart was back in Australia, and it shows. Corey Williams has become a top face of the NBL sports world and was one of the first to endorse LaMelo Ball as the number one pick for the NBA draft, though he was off by two spots, he still put everyone on notice and the world has paid attention.