Summer League Magic Player Preview: Darrius Williams
The 2014 Orlando Summer League begins Saturday. We’ll be taking a look at some of the Magic’s squad invitees. The list is subject to change, but there are currently 19 men on Orlando’s roster. You already know about Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, and last year’s second round selection Romero Osby who is back after being cut before the ’13-’14 season began and spending time in the D-League. As well as draft pick-ups Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Roy Devyn Marble. We’ll peek at the rest.
Who is Darrius Williams?
The Detroit, Michigan native is probably the least known Magic Summer League invitee of the group. You can’t find YouTube basketball clips of him, not even DraftExpress has a profile on this guy. Williams played for Division II Morehouse College. The Magic don’t even know when his official date of birth is. His favorite NBA teams are the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. Darrius’ favorite basketball athlete is LeBron James. So I don’t know whether I should poke fun at him for being a bandwagon guy or not. Williams’ favorite hobby is ‘working out’, he likes all foods, and I approve of his taste in music, so he redeemed himself a bit. The Magic brought in his former teammate Andrae Nelson to last year’s Summer League.
“Orlando had been inquiring about Darrius all year long,” said Morehouse basketball coach, Grady Brewer ’80. “They need a point guard. They thought he fit the mold of what they were looking for. They like tough kids down in Orlando, and they believe Darrius is one of those kids.
“He has an old-school type of game and really has an opportunity to play at the next level, be it in the NBA or overseas,” Brewer said. “He’s tough, competitive and can truly play the game.”
In a somewhat Darrell Armstrong fashion, Darrius was All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference in football as a defensive back in 2010 and 2011 only to follow up with those honors in basketball for both 2013 and 2014. In 17 games that the Maroon Tiger played his senior season – he only played in the second semester of the ’13-’14 season – the 6′ 3″ guard averaged 21.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 1.4 spg on 48.3 FG%, 70.0 FT%, and 35.1 3PT% at 36.9 minutes per contest. He’s a pure athlete who brings some intriguing Detroit grit and workmanship.