Height/weight: 5-11, 172
Class: Sophomore (first year at USC)
Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola High School)
Last year: Played last year at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. Averaged 11.8 points and 1.9 assists in 22 minutes per game. As a high school senior, he averaged 26 points per game.
More to know: He will wear No. 1 for the Gamecocks. He also had offers from Louisiana Tech, Central Florida, Creighton and Morehead State.
Expected role: Coach Darrin Horn said there will be a battle for the starting point guard job among Williams, sophomore Eric Smith and small forward Lakeem Jackson. Williams’ shooting and speed surprised teammates and coaches during the offseason.
How has the transition from junior college to USC?
The transition was different. I'm getting adjusted now that the year is going on.
Of the newcomers, you came the farthest. How has the move gone?
It's different, but that was my intention for getting away from home so I could see what it's like to live in a different location. It helps that I'm still in the South.
Remind folks why you chose South Carolina.
When I came here on the visit, I really like the campus. Everything's within walking distance. When I spent time with the players, I really felt comfortable around them. They seemed like really good teammates.
Talk about your fellow freshmen Damien Leonard and Anthony Gill.
They're good players. They're also good people and teammates. They stay positive and encourage others.
Any goals for this season?
I don't have any, just to contribute to the team and do what I can to help and do whatever the coaches tell me to do. I'm hungry to play right away. I'm going to work hard and try to earn my minutes and see where it goes from there.
Any expectations for practices?
I'm looking forward to the structure of it. I know it's going to be different from the junior college I came from. I'm getting mentally prepared.
What have the coaches said they like about you?
They like that I can shoot really well and handle the ball, being able to penetrate and get teammates open.
Talk about your friendly competition with fellow shooter Damien in workouts.
Every practice we have a contest to make each other better. We know we're good shooters and we compete often.
Do you hang with him or does he hang with you?
It's back and forth. He'll beat me and then I'll beat him.
How did you become a good shooter?
My two brothers - they pressured me to practice, practice, practice until it got ingrained in me to do it on my own. Now I'm always in the gym in my spare time.