July 2, 2022 –Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed center Mark Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Selected with the 15e A pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Williams appeared in 39 games averaging 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game as a sophomore during the 2021 season- 22 at Duke. Williams was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year after leading the ACC and placing 12the in the nation in blocks per contest (2.8) and became the second player in Duke history with 100 blocks (110) in a single season. He also ranked fourth in the ACC with eight double-doubles and sixth in the conference in rebounding, being named an All-ACC second team by media and third team by coaches. His field goal percentage of 72.1% was the second-best single-season percentage in school history, and he was the only player in the nation to shoot better than 70.0% at a time. on the field and on the free throw line.
In two seasons at Duke, Williams averaged 9.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 20.4 minutes per game over 62 career games. He finished his career with 142 blocked shots, which places him seventh on Duke’s list of all-time leaders.
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