Jawad Hason Williams is a professional basketball player who plays as a small forward. Williams began his basketball career at the St. Edward High School where he struggled to get into the team in his freshman year. The team went on to win the OHSAA State Title in 1998 with Williams playing a backup role and barely getting on court.
However, things would soon turn around as Williams came into his own over the next three years, being named to the First Team All-Ohio as well as to a number of All-American teams. Associated Press and Gatorade named Williams as the Ohio Player of the Year and he was also picked to play in the McDonald’s All American Game.
After high school, Williams went on to attend the University of North Carolina where he took his own time to get accustomed to college ball. Averaging 13.5 over his 4 years in college, Williams was a starting member of the team that won the 2005 NCAA Tournament, in his senior year.
At the 2005 NBA Draft, Williams was not impressive enough to get picked by any team and turned to free agency. The Los Angeles Clippers picked Williams up and put him through the paces in the pre-season games but after 4 games, Williams failed to make it to the roster for the regular season.
Williams decided to move eastwards in search for regular action and first went to Spain, then to Japan and finally to Israel, before returning in the summer of 2008 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams made the training roster and after Ronald Dupree was waived off, Williams was signed up for the regular season roster. Until the 10th of January, 2009, Williams would have to play on a non-guaranteed contract.
Just before the end of this deadline, on January 7th, 2009, to be precise, Williams was waived off by the Cavaliers after have played just 3 games for the team. 5 days later, the Cavaliers decided to sign him up again, but this time on a 10-day contract only. After being released at the end of the 10th day, Williams moved to the D-League where he played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. A couple of months later, Williams was re-called to the Cavaliers where he signed a contract till the end of the season.