PROFESSIONAL: The New Jersey Nets selected Terrence with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Terrence averaged 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.9 apg. On April 9, 2010, versus Chicago, he recorded his first career triple-double with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Terrence was named T-Mobile Rookie if the Month for April 2010. He was traded to the Houston Rockets on December 15, 2010.
COLLEGE: As a senior, Terrence averaged 12.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg (49th in nation) while leading the University of Louisville with 5 apg, and 2.3 spg (23rd in nation). He finished his career ranked 18th in career scoring at Louisville with 1,564 points, second in assists (541), seventh in rebounding (966), fourth in 3-pointers (195), fifth in steals (210) and second in minutes played (4,486). He reached double figures in scoring in 23 games (75 career) and in 12 occasions as a senior. Terrence recorded a career-high 26 points, along with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. then #1 ranked UCONN. Named to the Big East All-Tournament Team, Terrence helped lead the Cardinals to their first Big East regular season and tournament titles as they claimed the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. He tallied 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a career-best 7 steals vs. Syracuse in the Big East title game. His 86 steals during his senior year tied a Louisville single-season record. As a junior, he ranked among the Big East leaders in assists (7th ““ 4.5) rebounding (11th ““ 7.2), assist-turnover ratio (12th ““ 1.54) and minutes played (4th ““ 35.9). He produced just the fourth triple-double in Cardinal history vs. Seton Hall with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Terrence was the only player to start all 34 games for the Cardinals during his sophomore year and was named a member of the Big East All-tournament team after posting two-game averages of 19.5 points, 8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2 steals. As a freshman, he was the starting forward in 21 games on the season and scored in double figures in 14 games.
COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS: Terrence was named to several All-American teams including: Wooden Award All-America team, Sports Illustrated first team, Lowe’s Senior CLASS first team, ESPN second team, Fox Sports second team, Associated Press third team, Rupp Awards second team, NABC third team. He was on the final ballot for the Wooden Award for national player of the year and was one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, presented to the top senior in the nation. He was a first team All-Big East and NABC All-District 5 selection. He is the only player in Louisville history with career totals over 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals. Terrence helped the Cardinals win their first big East regular season and tournament titles and achieving the school’s first ever No. 1 ranking in the final associated press poll.
PERSONAL: Terrence Deshon Williams was born on June 28, 1987 in Seattle, Washington. He has a younger sister (Deshire) and brother (Micko). His mother Sherry Jackson has had the greatest influence on his athletic career. Terrence majored in Communications at the University of Louisville. He has appeared on three straight Sports Illustrated covers and is one of few athletes to do so. Terrence enjoys playing video games and bowling in his spare time. He started playing basketball as a kid when the football field was too wet to play on. The best basketball advice given to him was that “you can be among greats if you work hard.” Terrence’s favorite book is “My Life” by Magic Johnson.