Dallas Colleges: Derek Williams

Who says SMU players don't get drafted?

June, 22, 2010
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SMU guard Derek Williams could soon be joining the professional team with the world's greatest winning percentage.

(Cue "Sweet Georgia Brown.")

Williams on Tuesday was selected by the Harlem Globetrotters as part of their 2010 Draft Class, the organization announced. The 6-foot-1 Williams, who hails from Jamaica, N.Y., led the Mustangs in scoring and was fourth in Conference USA at 16.6 points. That is the highest rank for a Mustang since joining C-USA.

Among others chosen by the Globetrotters in the team's annual player draft were Mark Titus of Ohio State; 2010 College Slam Dunk champion Marqus Blakely of Vermont and Slam Dunk runner-up Chris Roberts of Bradley. Roberts is from Fort Worth and played at fabled Dunbar High School.

Williams, no doubt, could add some nifty dribbling and eye-popping shot-making, while Roberts is sure to please with his crazy dunking ability.

All players will be extended an invitation to fall training camp to vie for the honor of joining the Globetrotters for their 85th consecutive season of touring the world.

SMU snags signature win over Memphis

January, 30, 2010
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UNIVERSITY PARK -- Forward Papa Dia had 23 points and 14 rebounds and guard Derek Williams scored a game-high 25 points, including clutch free throws down the stretch, as SMU scored its signature win in the Matt Doherty era, 70-60, over Memphis.

No, this is no longer John Calipari's Memphis Tigers. There is no Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans. Still, Memphis came into Moody Arena at 15-5 and 5-1 in Conference USA. SMU improved to .500 at 10-10 and 3-3 in conference and extended its winning streak to four games, tying their best stretch under Doherty back in November and Decmeber of 2007.

For the first time in a long time, the Ponies are feeling pretty good about themselves.

How good? Consider the student section stormed the court and the players hugged and jumped around at center court. Really.

"I have been here three years and I think that is the biggest win since I've been here" Dia said. "I've never had this kind of feeling."

The Ponies trailed 30-25 at halftime with Williams admitting they were playing through some nerves. He then scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, including 12-of-13 from the free throw line, to lead the charge.

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