Althugh he only played two season for the Friars, Eric Williams left a lasting mark on Providence College. A native of Newark, N.J., Williams transferred to PC his junior season and had an immediate impact, averaging 15.7 points during the 1993-1994 season. The comsummate "glue guy," Williams' leadership and unslefish play helped guide the Friars to the 1994 BIG EAST title, and his 27 points paced the team in its NCAA First Round game against Alabama. During his senior season, Williams averaged 17.7 point and 6.7 rebounds per game and was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
He built a 12-year NBA career around qualities every coach loves to see. He hustled, played great defense and always took quality shots. The Celtics took note of his skill set and drafted Williams 14th overall in the 1995 NBA Draft. In his first two seasons with the Green, Williams averaged 13.0 points per game and became a gifted role player. After spending 1997-99 with the Denver Nuggets, Williams returned to the Celtics and took a veteran role on a young team. Williams proved extremely valuable in Boston's 2002 run to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 7.8 points per game and shooting 47 percent from beyond the arc during the playoffs. Williams played with another five teams over six seasons before retiring in 2007. He played 11 years total in the NBA for numerous teams, including the Denver Nuggets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New Jersey Nets, the Toronto Raptors, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Charlotte Bobcats. He holds career averages of 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.