Kenrich Williams is a professional NBA player who is recently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Williams was born and raised in Waco, Texas, as he attended a basketball varsity team in University High School. As a varsity, he was coached by Rodney Smith, which made him earn honors at a young age as a District 8-4A Defensive Player of the year. Williams is also responsible for leading the team had a record of 28-5.
Early Life Before NBA
When Williams reached college, he enrolled at New Mexico Junior College during his freshman year, and he averaged 10.1 points per game. He was then recruited by the TCU Horned Frogs and recorded 8.6 points with 6.7 rebounds per game during his sophomore season. Unfortunately, he missed the entire 2015-16 as he was suffering from a knee injury that requires extensive surgery.
Williams came back to the team during his senior year and has an average of 11.4 points with 9.7 rebounds. Because of his improved performance since the injury, he was included in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Eventually, he was declared as the NIT MVP after competing in the NIT Championship game, with 25 points contribution and 12 rebounds.
Williams proceeded to join the 2018 NBA Draft, but he was undrafted. However, he signed with the Denver Nuggets to become one of the players to join the NBA Summer League. Months after, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. He made his professional debut with a win against the Houston Rockets.
In 2020, Williams was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he recorded an average of 19 points. The Thunders also managed to surpass the Houston Rockets with William’s assistance in defense.
- 2017 National Invitation TournamentMost Valuable Player
- 2018 Second-Team All-Big 12