Tarvis Williams

Not to be confused with Travis Williams, another American basketball player with a similar name.
Tarvis Williams
Personal information
BornJanuary 22, 1978 (age 41)
Maysville, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolWhite Oak
(Jacksonville, North Carolina)
CollegeHampton (1997–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Undrafted
Playing career2001–present
PositionPower forward
Career history
2001–2002Shanghai Sharks
2003Mitteldeutscher BC
2003–2004Fayetteville Patriots
2004Sigal Prishtina
2004–2005BK Děčín
2005–2006Olympique Antibes
2006–2007Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin
2007–2008BK Synthesia Pardubice
2008–2009Bayern Munich
2009BK Děčín
2009–2010JSA Bordeaux Basket
2010BC Prievidza
2010–2011BG Karlsruhe
2011–2012BK Děčín

Tarvis Devar Williams (born January 22, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who last played for BK Děčín.[1] He is best known, however, for making the game-winning shot with 6.9 seconds left that propelled 15th-seeded Hampton past 2nd-seeded Iowa State, 58–57, in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2][3] It was only the fourth time since 1985 that a #15 defeated a #2 seed.[3] Williams was also a two-time NCAA season blocks champion in 1998–99 and 2000–01.[4]

Early life

Williams was born in Maysville, North Carolina.[5] He attended White Oak High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he graduated in 1996.[5]


Tarvis Williams played college basketball at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia from 1997–98 to 2000–01. He played in 114 games and averaged 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game for his career. As a sophomore in 1998–99 he led the nation in blocks per game with 5.00.[4] He repeated the achievement two years later as a senior when he averaged 4.59 per game.[4] He was only the second player in NCAA Division I history to lead the country in blocks for two seasons since the statistic became official in 1985–86 (Hall of Famer David Robinson was the first, who accomplished the feat in 1986 and 1987.)[4] For his career, Williams blocked 452 shots, which through the 2009–10 season ranked sixth-most in Division I history.[4] In the 2000 and 2001 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournaments, Williams was selected to the All-Tournament team and named the MVP in 2001.[6] After his final collegiate season he was selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to try and impress NBA scouts, but his sub-par performance resulted in not being chosen in the 2001 NBA Draft. Williams finished his career at Hampton with 1,754 points and owns school records in every single blocked shot category: single game (12), single season (147), career, season average (4.59 bpg), and career average (3.8 bpg).[7]


After being passed up by NBA teams, Williams left the United States to play professional basketball. Since his career began in 2001 he has been a journeyman, playing for 11 different teams in seven countries.[7] His most successful season to date was in 2004–05 while playing for BK Děčín in the Czech Republic's National Basketball League. In 37 games, Williams averaged 16.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.[7] He was third in the league in rebounding average while also tops in blocks.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Tarvis Williams basketball profile". EuroBasket Inc. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "Hampton Hero Tarvis Williams Now In France". Lost Lettermen LLC. 2009–2010. Archived from the original on February 24, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "15th-seeded Pirates stun No. 2 seed Cyclones 58–57". CNNSI.com. CNN/Sports Illustrated. March 16, 2001. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Tarvis Williams". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "MEAC All-Tournament Selections: 1979–present" (PDF). MEAC. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d "Tarvis Williams (Signed 2010–11)". Sportsvision-Service. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
1998–99 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1998–99 NCAA Division I men's basketball season concluded in the 64-team 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament whose finals were held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Connecticut Huskies earned their first national championship by defeating the Duke Blue Devils 77–74 on March 29, 1999. They were coached by Jim Calhoun and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player was Richard Hamilton.

In the 32-team 1999 National Invitation Tournament, the California Golden Bears defeated the Clemson Tigers at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Following the season, the 1999 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American Consensus First team included Elton Brand, Mateen Cleaves, Richard Hamilton, Andre Miller and Jason Terry. The consensus second team was composed of Evan Eschmeyer, Steve Francis, Trajan Langdon, Chris Porter and Wally Szczerbiak.

2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 8, 2000, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 2, 2001 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Duke Blue Devils won their third NCAA national championship with an 82–72 victory over the Arizona Wildcats.

2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball for the 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It began on March 13, 2001, with the play-in game, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Minneapolis, at the Metrodome. A total of 64 games were played.

This tournament is the first to feature 65 teams, due to the Mountain West Conference receiving an automatic bid for the first time. This meant that 31 conferences would have automatic bids to the tournament. The NCAA decided to maintain 34 at-large bids, which necessitated a play-in game between the #64 and #65 ranked teams, with the winner playing against a #1 seed in the first round. (Another option would have been to reduce the number of at-large bids to 33, which was the option chosen for the women's tournament.) This is also the first tournament to have been broadcast in high-definition, being broadcast on CBS.

This was the last tournament where the first- and second-round sites were tied to specific regionals. The "pod system" was instituted for the 2002 tournament to keep as many teams as possible closer to their campus in the first two rounds.

The Final Four consisted of Duke, making their second appearance in the Final Four in three years, Maryland, making their first appearance, Michigan State, the defending national champions, and Arizona, making their first appearance since winning the national championship in 1997.

Duke defeated Arizona 82-72 in the national championship game to win their third national title and first since 1992. Shane Battier of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

2001 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 2001 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

BG Karlsruhe

Basketball Gemeinschaft Karlsruhe is a professional basketball club based in Karlsruhe, Germany. The club currently that plays in the third tier level of Germany, the ProB. From 2003 until 2014 the team played in the Europahalle. After this stint, they moved to the smaller Friedrich-List-Halle.

From the season 2003–04 until the 2006–07 season, Karlsruhe played in the Basketball Bundesliga, the top professional league of Germany.

FC Bayern Munich (basketball)

FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH, commonly referred to as Bayern Munich, is a professional basketball club, a part of the FC Bayern Munich sports club, based in Munich, Germany. The club competes domestically in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and internationally in the EuroLeague.

The team plays its home games at Audi Dome, which was opened in 1972.

FC Bayern Munich Basketball also has a reserve team that plays in German third-tier level ProB.

Hampton Pirates men's basketball

The Hampton Pirates men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, United States. The school's team formerly competed in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but moved to the Big South Conference in 2018-19. Notably, the 2000-01 Hampton team was one of seven 15th seeds ever to upset a 2nd seed in the Round of 64 of an NCAA Tournament, defeating Iowa State in the first round.

KB Prishtina

Klubi i Basketbollit Prishtina (English: Basketball Club Prishtina), officially known as Z-Mobile Prishtina due to sponsorship reasons, is a Kosovar professional basketball club based in Pristina.

The team currently competes in the IP Superliga e Basketbollit, Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL) and the FIBA Europe Cup. They are the most successful club in Kosovo, having won 13 national championships, 14 national cups and 3 supercups in the last 13 years. Since 2013 the club has competed in the Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL), and they became the first Kosovar side to win the competition in 2015 after defeating Bulgarian side BC Rilski Sportist in the finals. In 2015 they joined the newly formed European third tier competition, the FIBA Europe Cup.

List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders

In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defender deflects or stops a field goal attempt without committing a foul. The top 25 highest blocks totals in NCAA Division I men's basketball history are listed below. The NCAA did not split into its current divisions format until August 1973. From 1906 to 1955, there were no classifications to the NCAA nor its predecessor, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS). Then, from 1956 to spring 1973, colleges were classified as either "NCAA University Division (Major College)" or "NCAA College Division (Small College)". Blocks are a relatively new statistic in college basketball, having only become an official statistic beginning with the 1985–86 season.Many well-known players, such as Hall of Famers Ralph Sampson, David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon accumulated college block totals that would have placed them in the top 25 all-time if they had not played before blocks were a recognized statistic. Olajuwon played for Houston and accumulated 454 blocks in his three-year career. Robinson, meanwhile, evenly split his four-year career at Navy between the pre-block and the recognized-block statistical eras. For his entire college career, Robinson recorded 516 blocks, but since only his junior and senior seasons' block totals are officially recognized, his two-year sum of 351 blocks does not even rank in the top 25 all-time. Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State, therefore, holds the Division I record for career blocks with 564. He played for the Bulldogs from 2006–07 through 2009–10 and surpassed Wojciech Myrda's mark of 535 during his senior season. Although Varnado ended with 29 more blocks than Myrda, it took him 26 more games—nearly the amount of a complete season—to finish with that total.Two of the top eight shot blockers played college basketball for only three seasons. Adonal Foyle of Colgate recorded 492 blocks in just 87 career games before he left one season early for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Foyle would get drafted 8th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1997 NBA draft. Meanwhile, Shawn James played in 83 games while registering 443 blocks. James played for two seasons at Northeastern before transferring to Duquesne for one season. At the conclusion of his junior year in 2007–08, James hired an agent after declaring himself eligible for the 2008 draft, thereby forgoing his final season of NCAA eligibility. He was never drafted.Two schools on this list have two players represented. Connecticut's Emeka Okafor and Hasheem Thabeet each played three years for the Huskies before also declaring themselves for the NBA Draft. Northwestern State's D'or Fischer and William Mosley are both on this list, but Fischer only played for two seasons at Northwestern State before transferring to West Virginia.

List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leaders

In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defender deflects or stops a field goal attempt without committing a foul. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I block title is awarded to the player with the highest blocks per game average in a given season. The block title was first recognized in the 1985–86 season when statistics on blocks were first compiled by the NCAA.David Robinson of Navy holds the all-time NCAA Division I record single-season blocks record (207) which was set during 1985–86, coincidentally the first season that the NCAA kept track of blocked shots. Although Robinson holds the single-season record, it is Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State who claims the all-time career blocked shots record (564). The highest single-season blocks per game (bpg) record is held by Northeastern's Shawn James, who averaged 6.53 blocks in 2005–06.Four players have been two-time NCAA blocks leaders: David Robinson (1986, 1987), Keith Closs (1995, 1996), Tarvis Williams (1999, 2001) and Jarvis Varnado (2008, 2009). Additionally, six freshmen have led Division I in blocks: Alonzo Mourning (1989), Shawn Bradley (1991), Keith Closs (1995), Hassan Whiteside (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), and Chris Obekpa (2013). Among all-time NCAA blocks leaders, only Robinson, Mourning, and Shaquille O'Neal are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.Keith Closs, the blocks leader in 1995 and 1996, only played college basketball for two seasons. He left the NCAA after only two years to pursue a career in professional basketball, thereby foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility under NCAA by-laws. Had he decided to stay at Central Connecticut, Closs could have potentially become the first player to lead Division I in blocks for not only three years, but possibly all four.

No guards have been the NCAA blocks leaders. Guards are typically shorter and play farther away from the basket, making it more difficult for them to block shots.

Nine players on this list were born outside the United States—Shawn Bradley in Germany (West Germany at the time of his birth), Adonal Foyle in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Wojciech Myrda in Poland, Deng Gai in what is now South Sudan (part of Sudan at the time of his birth), Chris Obekpa in Nigeria, Jordan Bachynski in Canada, Vashil Fernandez in Jamaica, Liam Thomas in Australia, and Ajdin Penava in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

List of people with surname Williams

Williams is a common European surname. This list provides links to biographies of people who share this common surname.

MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament (popularly known as the MEAC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The tournament has been held every year since 1972. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

* Overtime

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1971–72 season. There has never been a tie for co-player of the year in the award's history, nor has there been a national player of the year. Two players have been named the MEAC Player of the Year three times: Marvin Webster of Morgan State (1973–75) and Joe Binion of North Carolina A&T (1982–84). The school with the most all-time honorees is North Carolina A&T, which has had nine winners, but none since 1988. Two current members of the MEAC have never had a winner: Maryland Eastern Shore and Savannah State.

Sterling D. Plumpp

Sterling Dominic Plumpp (born January 30, 1940) is an American poet, educator, editor, and critic. He has written numerous books, including Hornman (1996), Harriet Tubman (1996), Ornate With Smoke (1997), Half Black, Half Blacker (1970), and The Mojo Hands Call, I Must Go (1982). Some of his work was included in The Best American Poetry 1996. He was an advisor for the television production of the documentary The Promised Land.

Travis Williams (basketball)

Not to be confused with Tarvis Williams, another American basketball player with a similar name.Travis Williams (born May 27, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he attended South Carolina State University and signed with the Charlotte Hornets in 1997 where he played until 1999.

From 2000 to 2001, he played with Vertical Vision Cantu of the Italian league.

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