Daniel Williams, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard from Bakersfield Community College in California, has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team this season, the Warrior coaching staff has announced.
Williams, who is from Los Angeles, helped Bakersfield qualify for the Final Four in the California State playoffs last season. The team finished 22-15 and was seeded 12th in the state playoffs, but won three straight games, including an 80-77 triumph over San Francisco, which was the No. 1 seed from Northern California.
Williams played in 36 games and averaged 9.6 points per outing, including a 12.8 average in conference games. He shot 53.4 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from the 3-point line and 65.1 percent at the foul line. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He earned second-team all-league honors last season.
Williams attended Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., and played both basketball and volleyball. He was the MVP of the league his junior and senior seasons and earned all-CIS honors both years. He also earned all-area honors in volleyball his final two seasons.
Williams says he also considered transferring to Cal Poly Pomona or Cumberland, but chose LCSC because he liked the way the Warriors’ play and because of the program’s success the past few years.
Versatility is one of the strength’s of Williams’ game because he play at point guard, shooting guard, or small forward.
LCSC is coming off a 22-10 season and won both the Frontier Conference regular season and tournament titles for the second straight season, the first time it has been accomplished since LCSC joined the league in 1999. The Warriors lost six seniors from the squad, including conference MVP Mike Gordy.