Grant  Williams

2Grant Williams


Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Providence Day School

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 234




  • Points: 30 (2x) // last vs. Georgia, 1/11/17
  • Rebounds: 14 // at LSU, 3/1/17*
  • Assists: 6 // vs. Kentucky, 1/24/17
  • Steals: 4 // at South Carolina, 2/25/17
  • Blocks: 6 // at Texas A&M, 12/29/16
  • Field Goals: 10 (2x) // last vs. Georgia, 1/11/17
  • 3-Pointers: 2 // at Mississippi State, 2/4/17
  • Free Throws: 10 (2x) // last vs. Georgia, 1/11/17
  • Minutes: 34 // vs. Kansas State, 1/28/17
  • * Indicates most recent high


  • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team (coaches)
  • SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 13, 2017)

2016-17 - FRESHMAN

  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • SEC All-Freshman Team performer appeared in all 32 games, earning 29 starts.
  • His 402 total points rank sixth all-time among Tennessee freshmen, trailing Bernard King (661), Allan Houston (609), Tobias Harris (521), Ernie Grunfeld (453) and Chris Lofton (410).
  • Was a part of the highest-scoring freshman class in program history (1,040 points).
  • Finished the year as Tennessee's second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) while pacing the squad in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg)
  • His 61 blocked shots on the year shattered Tennessee's previous freshman record of 39 (C.J. Black, 1996-97) and ranked as the second-most ever recorded in a single season by a Vol; his 1.9 bpg average ranked third all-time for a single season and easily bested the previous freshman record of 1.41 (C.J. Black, 1996-97).
  • Finished the year ranked 18th in the SEC in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and fifth in blocked shots (1.9 bpg, second among freshmen).
  • His 94 offensive rebounds were the most ever by a Tennessee freshman and tied for the sixth-most by a Vol in a single season.
  • Led the Vols in scoring nine times, tallying 20 games in double figures and two 30-point outings. His pair of 30-point performances made him just the third Vol in history to record multiple 30-point games as a freshman (Bernard King, Allan Houston).
  • Posted a team-high four double-doubles on the year, three of which came over the Vols' final five games.
  • Emerged as the Vols' top performer in SEC play, averaging a team-high 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
  • Tied for the team lead with eight drawn charges on the year.
  • Scored six points on just one field-goal attempt in the SEC Tournament against Georgia (3/9/17). Was limited to just 23 minutes due to early foul trouble.
  • With a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds against Alabama (3/4/17), recorded his second straight double-double and his third in four games. Also tallied three blocked shots vs. the Crimson Tide.
  • Posted his third double-double of the season at LSU (3/1/17), finishing with 16 points and a season-best 14 rebounds. Also notched four blocks against the Tigers.
  • Came up just shy of the double-double at South Carolina (2/25/17), finishing with eight points and eight rebounds. Also swiped a season-high four steals.
  • Recorded his second career double-double against Vanderbilt (2/22/17), finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Lead the Vols to a 90-70 win over Missouri (2/18/17), scoring 25 points and adding five rebounds. Set a season-high at the charity stripe, going 12-of-13 on free throws.
  • Leads the Vols in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and blocks (2.0 bpg).
  • Turned in an outstanding performance against Georgia (2/11/17), scoring a game-high 30 points to go along with four rebounds, three blocks and a steal en route to SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors.
  • Led the team in scoring with 18 points and seven rebounds on the night against Ole Miss (2/8/17). Also blocked four shots.
  • Scored 17 points at Auburn (1/31/17), scoring 15 of those points in the first half. Also added five rebounds.
  • Led Tennessee to a win over Kansas State (1/28/17), scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds in a season-high 34 minutes.
  • Stuffed the stat sheet in Tennessee's upset victory against No. 4 Kentucky (1/24/17): 13 points, six rebounds, a season-best six assists, four blocks and a season-high three steals.
  • Dropped home a contested jump hook with only 14 seconds remaining against the Wildcats, pushing the Vols' slim lead to five.
  • Scored all 17 of his points in the second half of a home victory over Mississippi State (1/21/17). Went 6-of-11 from the floor and 1-of-1 from three in the second frame.
  • Came up one rebound shy of a double-double in a win at Vanderbilt (1/14/17), scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Also had three blocks.
  • Scored a team-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds (five offensive) and three blocks against South Carolina (1/11/17).
  • Recorded his first career double-double against Arkansas (1/3/17), grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with 15 points on just 3-of-5 shooting (9-of-14 at the line).
  • Had 12 points, five rebounds and a single-game, school-record-tying six blocks while powering Tennessee to an SEC-opening win at Texas A&M (12/29/16); his defensive effort was key in neutralizing the much larger Aggies' frontcourt.
  • Strong defensive performance in a win at ETSU (12/22/16), matching his career-high with four blocked shots while also pulling down a game-high nine rebounds (seven defensive).
  • Played just 15 minutes vs. No. 8 Gonzaga (12/18/16) due to foul trouble, but scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds (six offensive).
  • Became the first UT freshman since Chris Lofton in 2005 to score 30 points in a game when he finished with 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting (including 10-of-13 at the line) in a win over Lipscomb (12/15/16).
  • Turned in a nice outing in a homecoming game at No. 7 North Carolina (12/11/16), finishing with eight points, a team-high six rebounds, and a season-best four blocks.
  • Scored eight points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in Tennessee's 90-50 win over Presbyterian (12/6/16).
  • Poured in 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 20 minutes of action against Georgia Tech (12/3/16).
  • Started and scored 10 points in the Maui Invitational finale against Chaminade (11/23/16); did a little bit of everything in the win, recording four rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals.
  • Made his first career start at the Maui Invitational against No. 16 Wisconsin (11/21/16).
  • Recorded 13 points, two assists, two blocks and a steal in the home win over Appalachian State (11/15/16).
  • Had an impressive showing in his collegiate debut, logging eight points, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds in the season-opener vs. Chattanooga (11/11/16); prior to that game, the last Vol freshman to record 10 or more rebounds in his Tennessee debut was C.J. Black vs. Morehead State (11/24/96).


  • Graduated from Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was coached by Brian Field.
  • Capped his prep career by guiding Providence Day to the eight-team DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York City.
  • Providence Day fell to No. 2-ranked Montverde (Fla.) Academy in the opening round of the national tournament on March 31, 2016, but Williams led the Chargers with 12 points and eight rebounds in what was the final game of his prep career.
  • Providence Day earned a final USA TODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Ranking of No. 16.
  • Powered Providence Day to the 2016 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championship; the Chargers finished the season with a 30-4 record (a school record for victories) and won 20 straight games before their season-ending loss at the national tournament.
  • As a senior, he led Providence Day to four wins over teams that were ranked in the USA TODAY national top-25 poll at some point in the season.
  • As a senior in 2015-16, Williams averaged 15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 0.5 steals per game en route to Associated Press All-State honors.
  • Is one of only four players ever to be named The Charlotte Observer's Player of the Year in back-to-back years (2015 and 2016), joining Queen City greats Ian Miller, Anthony Morrow and Jason Parker.
  • Was selected as The Charlotte Observer's Player of the Week 17 times during his final two high school seasons (10 times as a junior, seven times as a senior).
  • Produced an outstanding performance at the Hoodies House of Hope Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, in December 2015, earning tournament MVP honors after leading Providence Day to the event's national bracket championship.
  • In the Hoodies House semifinals, Providence Day rallied to erase a 13-point deficit--and Williams delivered the game-winning basket--as the Chargers upset defending Georgia Class 6A champion Wheeler High School (ranked No. 21 by USA TODAY); Williams finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists in the 62-60 win.
  • Fellow Providence Day seniors Josh Howard (Brown) and Isaac Johnson (Appalachian State) also signed Division I basketball scholarships.
  • Williams--who played his AAU basketball with the CP3 All-Stars, coached by John Adams and Art Wade--entered his senior campaign having already scored more than 1,100 career points.
  • As a junior in 2014-15, Williams averaged 18 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.7 assists per game. The Chargers posted a 25-5 record and reached the 2015 NCISAA semifinals while playing one of the toughest schedules in the Charlotte area.
  • His junior-year honors included being selected to the Associated Press All-State Team as well as being named the Charlotte Observer's 2015 Player of the Year.


  • Full name is Grant Dean Williams
  • Born Nov. 30, 1998, in Houston, Texas
  • Son of Gilbert Williams and Teresa Johnson
  • His mother is an engineer for NASA in Houston, Texas
  • An outstanding academic performer, he chose Tennessee over multiple Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and Yale
  • Shortly after the conclusion of his senior hoops season, he performed a role in Providence Day's production of the popular musical "Anything Goes."
  • Academic Major: Business Administration
  • Recipient of the Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Butler Athletic Scholarship Fund


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