Arlington native concluded his career as one of the most accomplished players in program history.
UTA senior becomes the program's first 2-time first team selection
Postgame comments following UTA's Sun Belt loss to Georgia State.
UTA drops a 74-61 decision to Georgia State in the Sun Belt Championship final
Postgame notes following UTA's Sun Belt title game against Georgia State.
MBB: UTA vs. Appalachian State - Sun Belt Championship quarterfinals
UTA men's basketball hosted Appalachian State on Thursday, Feb. 1 at College Park Center.
A selection of Mark Wagner photos from UTA's Jan. 11, 2018 men's basketball game at Little Rock.
A selection of Dave Mayo photos from the UTA men's basketball team's Dec. 31, 2017 contest at Appalachian State.
A few photos from the postgame ceremony following UTA's win over Niagara at the Barclays Center Classic.
AS A SENIOR (2017-18): Started 22 of his 33 appearances ... second on the team in scoring with an average of 16.7 points per game ... also averaged 6.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game ... second team all-Sun Belt Conference honoree ... among the NCAA's top 10 in assist average ... led the team in assists in 30 games ... 2-time Sun Belt Player of the Week ... first team preseason all-Sun Belt by the league coaches ... team leader in minutes played at 34.5 ... 552 total points is the eighth-highest single season mark at UTA ... set career high with 38 point outburst in home win over Appalachian State ... went 11-of-12 from the free throw line, 11-of-19 from the field and 5-for-8 from the 3-point arc ... scored 93 3-point field goals, the third most in program history ... 222 assists is the third highest single season total at UTA ... went off against against the Mountaineers with 37 in the Sun Belt Tournament ... scored 35 points at ULM on 13-of-19 from the field and 9-of-12 from the 3-point arc ... 9 3-pointers at ULM equaled the program record for a single game ... popped his second career triple double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists against UT Dallas - the second in program history ... registered double-doubles in five of the team's first six games and double figures in assists in 6-straight games to open the year ... registered 15 assists, the 3rd-highest single game total in program history, at Niagara ... named Barclays Center Classic, Niagara division, Most Valuable Player ... scored 21 points with 10 assists in the win at BYU ... went 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc at BYU with 2 steals and 3 rebounds ... named Sun Belt Player of the Week after the BYU performance and in Feb. following impressive effort in wins against Georgia Southern and Georgia State.
AS A JUNIOR (2016-17): Started 33 of 36 appearances at point guard ... a second team all-Sun Belt Conference selection ... earned 2nd team NABC All-District honors for the second straight season ... averaged 10.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game ... earned first team Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference honors ... led the Sun Belt and ranked among the top 10 in the nation in assists per game ... 237 total assists is the best single season in program history ... 36 appearances tied for the most ever for a UTA player in a single season ... 56 steals ranked 11th on the UTA single season list ... 1.7 steals per game ranked 2nd in the Sun Belt ... scored a season-high 22 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointer late in the game, in the NIT quarterfinal loss to CSU Bakersfield ... earned recognition by NCAA.com, College Sports Madness and the Lou Henson Award as the national player of the week after his 13-point, 8-assist effort in the win at then-No. 12 Saint Mary's ... registered 6 double-figure assist performances with a high of 13 in home wins over UT Dallas and Louisiana and the first round NIT victory at BYU ... his 13 asssists at BYU were just one shy of the all-time NIT single game record ... handed-out 11 assists in back-to-back games against Loyola Marymount and Coastal Carolina ... owns 18 double-figure scoring games ... led the team with a season-high 22 points at Troy ... registered 18 points to go with 9 assists and 6 rebounds against Arkansas State ... leads the team in minutes per game at 31.5 ... set a career high with 6 steals to go with 12 points and seven assists in a win over Appalachian State ... hit a 30-foot, game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds on the clock at Georgia State ... scored 21 points in the Sun Belt Championship semifinal loss to Texas State ... earned ESPN SportsCenter recognition for 3 eye-catching assists in the NIT win over Akron..
A SOPHOMORE (2015-16): A first team all-Sun Belt selection after leading the league in assist average for both the regular season (6.2) and in league play (6.8) … Among the Sun Belt's best in scoring average (12.7), steals (1.7), assists/turnover ratio (2.4) and 3-pointers made (1.9) … Recorded UTA's first triple-double in program history with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists at ULM on Jan. 28 … 211 assists throughout the season were the second-most in a single season in school history … Scored in double figures 23 times, including 5 games of at least 20 … Honored as College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week on Nov. 23 … Selected National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2015-16 District 24 Second Team ... 15 3-point attempts at South Alabama was the third highest single game total in program history ... 200 3-point attempts was the fifth-most in a single season ... registered 56 steals, 10th on the program's single-season list.
AS A FRESHMAN (2014-15): Made 29 appearances with 10 starts as a true freshman … Averaged 6.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.96 assists in 18.5 minutes per game … Shot 64.9 percent from the free throw line (24-27) … Picked up a season-high 21 points and 4 steals at Arkansas State on Feb. 26 … His 6 rebounds against Appalachian State on Feb. 19 were a personal-best that season … Dropped a season-high 7 assists vs. Troy on Jan 31.
PRIOR TO UT ARLINGTON: A 2014 graduate of Dallas Lincoln High School ... Coached by Cedric Patterson ... Averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals as a junior … Garnered first-team all-district, all-region and all-state honors … Recognized as an ESPN 3-star recruit … 18th-best player in Texas, according to TexasHoops.com … Ranked 143rd nationally, according to Future150.com … Played for AAU team and Deron Williams Elite, coached by Horace Pope.
PERSONAL: Son of Angela Williams and Derrick Neal …Has three brothers and two sisters: Derrick, D'erricka, Dominique, Ralphael and Rodney ... Brother, Derrick, is an identical twin and plays football at the University of Kansas ... Broadcasting major at UTA ... Interested in a career in coaching ... Enjoys singing and bowling ... Lists former track & field student-athlete Krystal Beamon among his favorite professors at UTA.
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