2001 Big Ten Player of the Year by both the league coaches and media voters… Wooden All-America Team selection ... Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball Trophy winner as Big Ten MVP ... Third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press…Unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten pick by the media and First-Team selection by the coaches…One of 10 finalists for the Associated Press National Player of the Year (finished 7th)…First Illini to win First-team All-Big Ten honors since Kevin Turner in 1998…Second-Team All-America pick by ESPN.com…ESPN.com and Sporting News Big Ten Player-of-the-Year…First-team USBWA All-District selection…Named to the first-team on the NABC all-District 11 team…Fighting Illini team MVP ... Led Illinois in scoring (14.9 ppg), assists (148) and steals (67)…Earned Maui Invitational All-Tournament honors after averaging 23.3 points in the three games, including a career-high 27 points in championship game against Arizona… Was just one vote from being unanimous selection for Maui All-Tournament team…Earned Big Ten Player of the week honors after Maui Invitational performance and after leading Illini to victories over Wisconsin (2/13) and Indiana (2/1…Led Illini by scoring in double figures 27 times this season…Sat out the victory over Michigan (1/13) after suffering a bruised tailbone near end of game at Iowa (1/11)… Against Top 25 competition during the 2000-01 season, Williams averaged 19.4 points per game.
Played in all 32 games, starting 29 and averaging 30.4 minutes per game as the point guard…Ranked second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game…Scored in double figures 22 times, and was Illinois’ leading scorer in six games… Led the team in assists (4.1 per game), steals (2.3 per game), and free throw percentage (80 percent)… Ranked second in the conference in steals, sixth in assists, and seventh in assist/turnover ratio…Had 14 points against Duke (11/30) to go with three assists and three steals in 25 minutes off the bench…Scored 18 points against Maryland (12/4), along with six assists and three steals…Had a career-high point night vs Kansas State (12/11) with 20 to go along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals…Had career-high 13 assists against Loyola-Chicago (12/30)…Hit game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer as Illinois knocked off Ohio State in the Big Ten opener on Jan. 6… Matched his career high with 20 points at Minnesota (2/17), to go along with four steals, three rebounds and three assists…Led the team in rebounds four times - six vs. Kansas State (12/11), seven vs Wisconsin (1/8), seven vs Penn State (1/22) and career high 10 vs Minnesota (2/2)…Scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, along with six rebounds and six assists in Big Ten Tourney semifinal win over Penn St. (3/11)…Scored team high 11 points in championships game vs. Michigan St. (3/12)…Ranks second on the team in three pointers made with 42.
Frank was a partial qualifier and was able to practice with the team, but was unable to participate in games…The year served as a red-shirt season… Frank got his first playing time as an Illini on the May, 1999 trip to Australia…Down Under, Williams averaged 14.4 ppg, second on the team, and 3.7 rebounds …He led the team in scoring in two games, each with a team-high 24 points.
Frank was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois in 1998 after averaging 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game…He was a McDonald’s All-American and scored five points and had two assists in helping the East team defeat the West team 128-112…Played in the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic…Nicknamed “Nitty” by high school coach Wayne McClain …He teamed with current Illini Sergio McClain on the 1995, 1996 and 1997 state champion teams…Hit a career-high 11 three pointers against Farragut…Named the most outstanding player of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament after scoring 33 points in Manual’s 88-67 victory over Joliet in the championship game…Consensus all-state selection…Hit the game-winning three-pointer in Manual’s 52-51 upset victory over Milwaukee Vincent, the nation’s ninth ranked team, at the Rockford Showdown in January…Scored 40 points against Farragut, 42 vs. East St. Louis and 38 vs. Proviso West in a one-week span…High School coach Wayne McClain said, “Nobody in America had to do more for his team than Frank. I’ve never put so much on one player.”
The son of Frank and Mary Williams…Sister, Marlena, was a senior basketball player at Missouri last year …Away from the basketball court, Frank enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends …His favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because, “he brings so much excitement to the game.”…Majoring in speech communications.
WILLIAMS’ CAREER STATISTICS...
Year G-GS MIN-Avg. FGM-FGA/ FG% 3PM-3PA/ 3P% FTM-FTA/ FT% OR-DR --TOT/Avg. PF-DQ A TO B S PTS-Avg. 99-00 32-29 972-30.4 125-327/.382 42-133/.316 74-92 /.804 17-93 --110/3.4 41-0 131 90 9 74 366-11.4 00-01 34-34 1095-32.2 168-410/.410 39-122/.320 133-165/.806 24-102--126/3.7 71-0 148 89 9 67 508-14.9 Totals 66-63 2067-31.3 293-737/.398 81-255/.318 207-257/.805 41-195--236/3.6 112-0 279 178 18 141 874-13.2