The USAO Drovers picked up yet another big transfer, as they picked up Marquise Williams who is a transfer from Lincoln University, a Division II college in Missouri. Williams comes in at 6’7, 225 lbs. He is a power forward who should add a down low threat to the Drovers roster.
Williams played high school basketball for the Baldwin Braves, located in Milledgeville, Georgia. During his time with the Braves he would score over 1,000 points and average 23 points and 12 rebounds per outing. Williams was named the teams MVP and was the conference and regional-player of the year.
For his Freshman year, Williams spent his time at Florida College. While he was at Florida College, he would average 9.3 points and would tack on 7.4 rebounds per game. After this season he was named to the second team all-conference team.
During his Sophomore year he played for Tennessee’s Columbia State. During this season he would average 13.5 rebound, which was the third most by any Junior college player in the country. During this season, he shot .563 from the floor while he averaged 13.5 points per game.
Last season, Williams spent his Junior year at Lincoln University in Missouri. During this season he averaged 9.1 points and grabbed 7.9 rebounds. Williams finished the season with 6 double-doubles, which was most on the team and he had a season high 15 rebound against Pittsburg State.
USAO Head Coach Chris Francis said “ Marquies is one of the best rebounders I’ve came across in my coaching career. He has a chance to lead the country in rebounds per game. He’s a very physical player and plays hard every position. He’s very skilled in the paint which in this league you need a guy like Maquise. He was one of the top junior college players in the country when he came out of Columbia State, averaging a solid double-double and was highly recruited. He ended up going to a NCAA Division 1 program at Mississippi Valley State but ended up leaving and had his choice at some power house NCAA D2 programs. We’re excited we got Marquise coming to USAO, he had the top schools in NAIA on him but he felt he could have his best year here as a Drover. He’s an impressive basketball player but what really stood out to us is his performance in the class room, which he will be coming in with a 3.2 GPA and will be on pace to graduate. He’s exactly what we needed to go along with the rest of the team, we look for him to be an imdiate impact as soon as he steps on campus!”