George Williams (basketball)

George Williams
Personal information
Nationality American
Career information
College Missouri (1918–1921)
Position Center
Career highlights and awards

George Williams, ironically nicknamed "Shorty" even though he was tall, was an American basketball center who played for the Missouri Tigers. He was a two-time All-American and was named the Helms National Player of the Year as a senior in 1920–21. That season, Williams scored 17.2 points per game en route to a 17–1 record and the Missouri Valley Conference championship. It was the second consecutive conference championship for the Tigers.

Williams scored 311 points in 1920–21, which was a school record that stood for over 30 years. Regarded by Missouri basketball supporters as one of the greatest centers in program history, he led the Tigers to a two-year cumulative record of 34–2. He is still the only University of Missouri player to be named the national player of the year in men's basketball. His older brother Fred was also an All-American at Missouri.

After college, Williams played AAU basketball and won two national championships, first with Lowe & Campbell's in 1922 and then with Kansas City AC Diamonds in 1923.


  1. "Missouri Valley Conference Recognizes MVC Men's Basketball '50 Greatest' Players" (PDF). Missouri Valley Conference. 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  2. "Consensus All-America Teams". Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 

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