Kamari B. Williams
Grad Year: 2008
Year Inducted: 2014
Kamari B. Williams ’08 was an outstanding guard on the Rhode Island College men’s basketball team from 2003-07. The Springfield, Mass. native left Rhode Island College having played in 110 games, starting 65 of them. He totaled 1,223 career points, 287 rebounds, 305 assists and 135 steals He averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for his career. At the conclusion of his career, Williams was 10th all-time in career assists, 15th in scoring and third in games played.
He was a member of two Little East Conference Regular Season Championships (2007, ’05) and a member of one Little East Conference Tournament title-winner (2007). Williams helped lead the Anchormen to the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament. He also played on two squads that made it to the finals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Div. III Tournament in back-to-back seasons (2006, ’05.).
As a senior in 2006-07, Williams played in 26 games. He averaged 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He recorded season-highs of 14 points in the win over Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 6, five rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 17, seven assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 13 and three steals against Keene State in the Championship Game of the 2007 Little East Conference Tournament on Feb. 24.
As a junior in 2005-06, Williams played in 29 games, starting 24 of them. He averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Williams registered season-highs of 28 points vs. Keene State on Dec. 3, five rebounds twice, five assists four times and three steals three times.
As a sophomore in 2004-05, he was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Williams played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged a team-high 15.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, along with 3.9 rebounds per game. Williams registered a career-highs of 32 points and 14 assists vs. Ursinus on Nov. 20, eight rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 8 and five steals vs. Roger Williams on Dec. 2. He recorded a .869 free throw percentage this winter, the third-best mark for a single season in RIC men’s hoop history at the time.
As a freshman in 2003-04, Williams was named the Little East Conference's Rookie of the Year. Williams played in 26 games, starting 12 of them. He was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game, and contributed a team-high 88 assists and 41 steals. Williams registered season-highs of 27 points vs. Wheaton on Nov. 22, six rebounds vs. Kean University on Dec. 27, eight assists twice and five steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 24. Williams earned Little East Rookie of the Week honors five times that season.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhode Island College in 2008. Williams was a two-time All-Western Massachusetts All-Star and a member of the Massachusetts State Championship team in 2002 while at Cathedral High School.
Williams is currently a tutor at the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield and serves as the head varsity boys’ basketball coach.
He resides in Springfield and is the proud father of a daughter, Kamaya (4).