Damian Williams

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Damian Williams
(Dark Wolf, G/F)
ID#799
No. 24 – Restricted Free Agent
Position Swingfur
Species Dark Wolf ( Canidae )
Gender Male
Nickname(s)
DW
The Windy City Werewolf
The Lone Wolf
Personal information
Born (1992-10-31) October 31, 1992 (age 27)
Chicago, IL
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
School Canis State University
FBA draft 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Baltimore Spirits
Pro playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015-November 2016 Baltimore Spirits
Contract information
Contract year 2015
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Unknown
(OOC) Creator Darkwolf
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

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Damian Williams (born October 31, 1992) is an American professional basketball player most know for his tenure with the Baltimore Spirits of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA).

Biography

Damian Williams was born in Chicago, IL on October 31st, 1992 and from a very young age was fascinated by sports. His jet black fur made him quite the imposing figure around the neighborhood. Being born on Halloween and being a wolf, Williams had no shortage of nicknames throughout his early years. Growing up on the rough south side of Chicago made Williams appreciate the little things in life like family and the occasional pick-up game. Damian became a bit of a street ball legend with many saying he would be the next big thing to come out of Chicago. His trademark howling and growling after big plays got him the nickname The Windy City Werewolf at the parks. He was a multi sport athlete for many years as a child playing soccer, football, baseball and basketball at various points. However, sports were an escape from the real life tragedies happening in his life.

Damian's mother was a drug addict and barely able to provide food for her son. Damian's father walked out on the family when Williams was only two. Years of struggling left sports, and basketball specifically, as one of the few things Damian could actually enjoy. He escaped to the courts often and did his best to stay out of the gang related activity all over his neighborhood. When he was just 12, his mother through him out of the house, citing her disgust for his presence as justification. Damian, now a homeless wolf fighting to get out of the hood, bounced around his friends houses for most of high school. Damian continued to find reasons to go on, with sports being at the forefront. As high school came around, Williams focused on football and basketball primarily. An interesting note about his jersey number, 24, is that he wears it to represent his work and effort never stopping. As he said it, "I'm working 24/7, all day, every day." He has worn it on every team he's ever been on and has no plans to change it.

That success on the streets didn't translate to organized ball as Williams was initially cut from the basketball team his freshman year and forced to play on the JV squad. While there, he decided to focus on what he could add to the team to make him more useful. Damian always had a silky smooth jump shot, but he also had an affinity for defense. During his sophomore year, Williams showed his tenacity on that end of the floor along with his furious energy. He finally got his chance to start midway through the season and never looked back. He led his team to a first round upset in the state tournament, and though they latter lost in the second round, Williams had left his mark. Following his break out sophomore season, Damian was invited to a private basketball camp with some of the top high school ballers in the country. The camp was led by current and former FBA greats such as Xavier Knutten. It was there that he would meet his good friend and soon to be rival Clifford Carlin. The small Portland native seemed out of place at the camp, but the two soon came to respect the others game. Williams and Carlin played with and against each other throughout the duration of the camp. The two battled hard in drills and scrimmages, showing a similar work ethic and desire to win. When he wasn't training, DW could be seen in the ear of any legend or current player he could find asking about nutrition, playing in the league and for advice on his game. Both Carlin and Williams caught the eye of a few of the pros, but none more so then each other. Williams used those experiences in his junior year to help his team win their first state title in nearly two decades. Williams put on a one man show, leading the team in almost every statistical category as the local papers called him the "Lone Wolf" for the way he carried his team. Asked to comment on the newest name, he responded by saying "It's not about me. It's about this team. All those nicknames, the records, it doesn't mean anything in the end. All that matters is winning or losing and today, we're champions."

During his senior year, Williams quietly had another nice season while other top prospects joined the conversation for top baller in the Windy City. Damian's role changed into more of a defensive stopper, much like his sophomore year, and spot up shooter. This lead to his scoring numbers taking a dive as the team was infused with other talented playmakers. DW could care less as his team won their second straight title. Despite his marvelous run, Williams wasn't heavily recruited out of high school. With Chicago being a hub for many talented athletes, Damian turned down a few scholarship opportunities from Division 2 schools and decided to walk on at Canis State University, picking it over the more established Chicago Bay. In the end, Damian wanted to stay home in Chicago and CSU offered him a better chance at making the squad. Williams came off the bench in his freshman year, continuing to expand his game and find his role on a new team. His defense and maximum effort made him an instant hit with the college crowd, while his sharp shooting gave CSU a powerful scoring punch off the bench. Damian would start the next year, his sophomore one, leading his team in steals, points and three point shooting percentage. While he certainly made an impact on the team, his junior year was his coming out party.

DW, as he was now referred to by most of the campus, had added the pick and roll game to his arsenal as well as the ability to attack defenders off the dribble. No longer just a spot up shooter, Damian was drawing more fouls and converting at a nearly 90% clip from the line. CSU advanced to the final four where they saw their dreams nearly extinguished when their start big man went down with an injury. Due to foul trouble and a lack of depth, Williams was inserted at center for the first time in his career, a move highly criticized at the time. However CSU, led by Williams improbably defensive play down low, advanced to the finals. The story book ending would not be however as DW and his squad were unable to get the job done and lost in the championship game. Many thought Williams would join what looked to be a loaded 2013 FBA draft, especially with the uncertainty of CSU's roster following the injuries and graduations. DW's numbers made him a lock to be at least a top five pick in even this star studded draft. However, DW returned for his senior season, even switching to point guard to accommodate a blue chip freshman that had arrived to play the 2. When asked why he would pass over the FBA and guaranteed money Williams said, "I have a sour taste in my mouth that I want to get rid of."

Damian's numbers took a hit across the board, his scoring and usage rate most notably, but he averaged a career high in assists as CSU took off. Throughout the year Williams was criticized for letting a freshman come in and take over the scoring load, even switching positions to accommodate him. When asked about it he told reporters, "It doesn't matter to me who scores all the points. For me it's about winning and what I can do to help the team win. Right now that's playing a role that involves playing defense, running this offense and giving maximum effort on every play. You can effect winning without scoring you know." CSU rolled through the season as Williams continued his inspired defensive play.

On their way back to the title game, Williams and company ran into an upstart PredTech team led by Alec Kustowski and Clifford Carlin. Making their first Sweet 16 appearance, Kustowski dominated the paint as CSU rained down threes to start the game. Williams largely made "Underdog", as Cliff was called, disappear. Using his size and strength advantage, he put up 20 first half points. But Kustowski refused to let his team go down without a fight as he continued to get the CSU big men in foul trouble. With Williams forced to help off Carlin, Underdog found his groove late in the game to ignite one last run. However, Williams and his CSU teammates made stops when they had to as DW refused to let his team lose. Williams stripped Kustowski of the ball in the games waning seconds and nailed the game clinching free throws as CSU went on to win by five. After the game, Williams found his friend and told Carlin, "Keep your head up man. That was a hell of game alright? You got a lot to be proud of. Much respect man. I'll see you in the league next year." CSU continued its march through the tournament and ended up once again in a familiar spot. In the title game, Williams took over the biggest stage in college basketball, collecting a triple double of points, assists, and rebounds. Despite the stellar final performance, Williams heard scouts and reporters breaking down his game and dip in production during the season. Damian was asked about the draft a few days the season ended and if he was worried returning for one last run may have hurt his draft stock.

"I don't know. It honestly doesn't matter to me. I didn't come back to think about the draft. I came back to be with a great group of guys and accomplish a goal. Last year we didn't get the job done and I know everyone in that locker room wanted another shot at this. Sure, my numbers are down, but it's not about that for me. It's about winning and I wanted to win a championship." He was later asked where he expected to be taken in the draft.

"Man, I don't even know. Just to be mentioned as someone who could get drafted is an honor. If that's number one overall, great. If that's the last pick in the draft, that's amazing too. And even if I'm not drafted, I'm still going to continue playing basketball and working on my game. My dream is to get to the FBA and nothing is going to stop me from chasing that dream." When asked what he thought he could bring to a team, DW wasn't bashful.

"Heart, hustle and muscle man. That's how we play ball in Chicago. You give it all you got. It's the little things that win championships. So yeah, it's nice to drop 50 on someone, but if I have 10, 7 and 5 and we win, I'll take that every time. You can always affect the game with your effort and that's what I bring. Defense too. It's all about effort. Fighting over screens, knowing your rotations, I love playing defense. That's what wins championships. I want the go against the best and I look forward to the challenge of guarding the best. Guys like Buck Hopper, Barton Rouge , Xavier Knutten, John Stoat, guys that I looked up to and watched growing up. I'm a student of the game and any team that takes a chance on me is going to get a hard worker ready to learn day one." Williams was constantly prodded for a response to the scouts and analysts criticizing his game and finally, he said his piece.

"What do you want me to say? People talk man. Haters gonna hate as they say. But you know what? It doesn't bother me. People have doubted me my whole life. I was cut in high school. I didn't get a scholarship to go to college. I didn't start my freshman year. I've made a habit of proving people wrong and letting my game speak for me. If people want to say coming back was a mistake, that's fine. Maybe it'll cost me money, but I can make that back. I can't remake these memories. That's what matters. So let the haters hate. I'm just focused on being the best basketball player I can be."


On 8/30 Damian Williams was found to have failed a urine test for performance enhancing drugs after the 2014 FBA Rookie Draft Class showcase. In accordance with the FBA's no tolerance policy, Damian Williams has been banned from the FBA, with an option for appear 12 months to the day. He has been removed from the top 24 and is unable to be drafted in the 2014 FBA draft.