Former Huskie Standout Makes EuroBasket Pro Debut
by Cerwin D Haynes
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Former East Los Angeles College forward Roderick "RJ" Williams has made his professional basketball debut in Iceland, playing for team Stjarnan of the Iceland-Dominos League. His first game was on October 2, when the team debuted the league's regular season Round 1 by beating Valur 91-86. Williams played 18 minutes and scored eight points on 4-7 shooting while grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.
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RJ transferred to Boise State University from ELAC in the spring of 2018. He played 62 games in two seasons for the Broncos, starting in 40 of them. During his senior year (2019-20), Williams connected on 62.8% of his field goal attempts - the eighth-highest percentage in school history -while threatening to post a double-double every game (averaging 12.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game).
Williams has aspirations of playing in the NBA and, according to various sources, had enough interest to possibly be drafted. But with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, RJ had difficulty scheduling workouts with NBA teams to further market his skills and ability.
EuroBasket, also commonly referred to as the European Basketball Championship, is the main international basketball competition that is contested quadrennially, by the senior men's national teams that are governed by FIBA Europe, which is the European zone within the International Basketball Federation.