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#23 Shelden Williams
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 250
Year: Senior
City/State: Forest Park, Okla.
High School: Midwest City
Experience: 3 Letters
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Updated: 10/29/2009

Career Notes
The returning National Defensive Player of the Year (the sixth Blue Devil to earn that honor since 1987 - eight times total) ... will be a leading candidate for National Player of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-America honors during his senior campaign ... a tri-captain for Duke entering his final season ... one of the top post players in the nation and is consistently good at both ends of the floor ... has the ability to dominate any game with his offensive and defensive skills ... holds Duke’s single-season blocked shots record with 122 blocks (2004-05) ... second on Duke’s and 10th on the ACC’s career rejections list with 285 ... second at Duke and eighth in the ACC in blocks per game (2.77) ... eighth all-time at Duke with a .568 (450-of-792) field goal percentage ... also 36th at Duke with 1,251 career points ... his 1,251 career points rank third among returning ACC players behind only J.J. Redick (1,805) and Wake Forest’s Justin Gray (1,345) ... the league’s leading returning rebounder with 878 in his career ... averaging 12.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game in 103 career contests ... has at least one blocked shot in 88 of his 103 career games ... also has 38 career double-doubles ... has 68 double-figure scoring games and 43 double-figure rebounding games in his career ... scored 20 or more points 13 times as a collegian ... grabbed at least seven rebounds in 62 of his last 79 games.


Junior Season (2004-05)
Was one of the dominant inside forces in college basketball ... second team All-America selection by SI.com and Rivals.com ... third team All-America by Associated Press and Basketball Times ... named the 2005 NABC National Defensive Player of the Year ... the 2005 ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... named first team All-ACC, first team ACC All-Tournament and ACC All-Defensive Team ... named All-District III by USBWA and All-District V by the NABC ... was a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Awards for National Player of the Year ... averaged 15.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game ... became the first player under Mike Krzyzewski to average a double-double over the course of a season ... led the ACC in overall rebounding (11.2), offensive rebounding (3.85), defensive rebounding (7.33) and blocked shots (3.7) ... became the first Duke player to lead the ACC in blocked shots in back-to-back seasons since Mike Gminski in 1978 and 1979 ... his 122 blocks were the most in Duke history and seventh-best in ACC history ... ranked 11th in the ACC in scoring (15.5) and second in field goal percentage (.582) ... ranked seventh in the ACC in minutes per game (33.7) ... averaged 17.3 points, 10.9 boards and 4.0 rejections in ACC only games ... in ACC only games, led the league in field goal percentage (.608) and blocked shots (4.0) ... his 6.0 free throws per game ranked fifth among ACC players ... was Duke’s leading scorer in nine games ... the team’s leading rebounder 31 times ... matched J.J. Redick with a team-best 31 double-figure scoring games ... had six 20-point outings and one 30-point contest ... grabbed 10 or more rebounds 22 times ... also led the team with 30 dunks and 17 three-point plays ... scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added one assist, two blocked shots and three steals versus Michigan State (3/25) ...recorded his 20th double-double of the year with 13 points and 15 rebounds against Mississippi State (3/20) ... blocked three shots and had a steal while holding 2004 All-America Lawrence Roberts to 5-of-18 shooting from the field ... went 3-of-4 from the field and 8-of-14 from the foul line to score 14 points in a win over Delaware State (3/18) ... also had 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and a steal versus the Hornets ... played 37 minutes, scoring 16 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking six shots against Georgia Tech (3/13) ... went 7-of-11 from the field and finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in a ACC Tournament semifinal win over N.C. State (3/12) ... had 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots versus Virginia (3/11) ... went 10-of-13 from the field and scored 22 points versus North Carolina (3/6) ... also collected four rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals against the Tar Heels ... had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in a win over Miami (3/3) ... finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and two steals versus St. John’s (2/26) ... recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia Tech (2/23) ... also had four blocked shots and a steal versus the Yellow Jackets ... had 12 points, nine rebounds, a career-high four assists, four blocked shots and a steal in a win over Wake Forest (2/20) ... went 8-of-10 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line in a 23-point effort versus Maryland (2/12) ... also had a game-high 16 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots against the Terrapins ... had 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists, five blocked shots and a career-high five steals versus North Carolina (2/9) ... scored 15 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots in a win over Georgia Tech (2/5) ... recorded his fourth straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Wake Forest (2/2) ... went 6-of-10 from the field with two assists, four blocked shots and two steals versus the Demon Deacons ... went 9-of-13 from the field and 7-of-13 from the free throw line to score 25 points against Virginia Tech (1/30) ... also had a season-high 17 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win over the Hokies ... recorded 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots versus Maryland (1/26) ... registered 11 points, 13 rebounds, one blocked shot and three steals against Florida State (1/22) ... scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line versus Miami (1/19) ... also had seven rebounds and a blocked shot in the win over the Hurricanes ... just missed Duke’s first triple-double since the 1978-79 season, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots against Virginia (1/16) ... went 7-of-11 from the field and added two assists versus the Cavaliers ... scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line in a win over N.C. State (1/13) ... also had six rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals versus the Wolfpack ... recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in 38 minutes against Temple (1/8) ... had seven points, 14 rebounds, four blocked shots and a steal versus Princeton (1/5) ... scored 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against Clemson (1/2) ... also had three blocked shots and four steals versus the Tigers ... registered his third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Oklahoma (12/18) ... was 6-of-9 from the floor and added three blocked shots in the win over the Sooners ... went 7-of-11 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line in a 23-point effort versus Illinois-Chicago (12/14) ... also had 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the win over the Flames ... recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds against Toledo (12/12) ... shot 8-of-12 from the field and blocked six shots versus the Rockets ... went 7-of-9 from the field in a 16-point effort against Valparaiso (12/4) ... also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the win over the Crusaders ... played 36 minutes, recording 10 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals versus Michigan State (11/30) ... registered a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against UNC Greensboro (11/27) ... also had two assists and two blocked shots in the win over the Spartans ... scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field versus Davidson (11/22) ... also had six rebounds, two blocked shots, an assist and a steal in the win over the Wildcats ... recorded a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds, including nine offensive rebounds, against Tennessee-Martin (11/20).

 


Sophomore Season (2003-04)
A third team Basketball Times All-America, second-team All-ACC, first-team NABC All-District 5, USBWA All-District 3, ACC All-Defensive team, unanimous ACC All-Tournament team and NCAA All-Atlanta Regional selection ... honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press ... leading vote-getter for the media’s ACC All-Defensive team ... averaged 12.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game ... led Duke in rebounding (8.5), blocked shots (3.00) and free throw attempts (200) and was second in field goal percentage (.586) ... led the ACC in blocked shots (3.00 bpg), was second in offensive rebounds (3.22), third in rebounds (8.5) and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.27) ... averaged an ACC-best 2.56 blocked shots and 3.69 offensive rebounds in league play only ... ranked tied for ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0) ... his 111 rejections established a Duke single-season record in that category ... helped Duke rank fourth nationally in blocked shots as a team (6.5) ... posted a team-best 12 double-doubles, a figure that ranked second among all ACC players ... reached double digits in scoring 26 times ... averaged 11.8 points and a team-best 8.6 rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games ... averaged 19.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in the ACC Tournament ... shot .783 from the field (18-of-23) and .733 from the foul line (22-of-30) during Duke’s three ACC Tournament contests ... posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and blocked five shots against Xavier (3/28) in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight ... led Duke with 20 points and career-high 18 rebounds and became Duke’s single-season blocked shots leader with three blocks against Georgia Tech (3/13) ... scored career-high 27 points, including 18 in the second half, against Virginia (3/12) ... recorded 18 points and game-high 11 rebounds, along with two blocked shots and two steals, against Maryland (2/22) ... collected 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds along with four blocked shots against Virginia (2/11) ... had game-high five blocked shots to go along with 22 points and 12 rebounds against North Carolina (2/5) ... tallied 26 points and five blocked shots against Georgetown (1/24) ... set a season high with eight blocked shots to go along with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Wake Forest (1/17) ... named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team after averaging 12.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in the three games.


Freshman Season (2002-03)
Received ACC All-Freshman honorable mention accolades ... started 23 of 33 games ... averaged 8.2 points, team-best 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game ... averaged 8.9 points and 6.7 boards in ACC play ... was fourth in the ACC in blocked shots (1.58), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.55), 10th in rebounding (5.9) and 15th in defensive rebounds (3.36) ... led Duke and was fifth in the ACC with six double-doubles ... posted the top mark in the ACC with six blocked shots against Maryland (2/19) ... recorded four or more blocks in a game five times ... season highs were 20 points twice, 17 rebounds versus Florida State (3/6), two assists three times and six blocked shots versus Maryland (2/19) ... part of a freshman class that averaged 33.6 points per game, the sixth-highest figure by a rookie class in ACC history ... averaged a team-best 7.3 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games ... averaged 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots during the final 13 games of 2002-03 ... shot .541 from the field during that 13-game stretch ... both his rebounds and blocks per game ranked second among all ACC freshmen behind only Georgia Tech’s Chris Bosh ... large reason why Duke ranked 15th nationally in blocked shots per game (5.4) ... had nine points, game-high 12 rebounds and three blocked shots against Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament first round (3/20) ... posted his sixth double-double with 12 points and season-high 17 rebounds and blocked four shots against Florida State (3/6) ... recorded his fifth double-double and his second in three games with 10 points, game-high 10 rebounds and three blocked shots against Georgia Tech (2/26) ... recorded his fourth double-double with 13 points and game-high 11 rebounds against Maryland (2/19) ... also blocked career-high six shots and tallied two steals vs. the Terps in that game ... led all players with season-high 20 points against Virginia (2/15) ... also had eight rebounds, four blocked shots, two steals and two assists versus the Cavaliers ... tallied eight points and team-high 10 rebounds against Wake Forest (2/13) ... posted double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds against Georgia Tech (1/25) ... had eight points and game-high nine rebounds against Virginia (1/15) ... posted second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Georgetown (1/8) ... recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds for first career double-double against Fairfield (1/2) ... also registered three steals and two blocked shots versus the Stags ... blocked four shots against Michigan (12/7) ... recorded 10 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots, one assist and two steals against Davidson (11/25).


High School
A 2002 EA Sports High School All-America selection ... a two-time Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year (2001-02) ... the 2001 USA Today Oklahoma Player of the Year ... named the Oklahoma Player of the Year in 2001 by the Daily Oklahoman ... a two-time Oklahoma Defensive Player of the Year (2000-01) ... ranked number 49 in the nation among all players by ESPN.com following his senior season ... averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists as a senior ... rated the nation’s fifth-best prep player by Future Stars and BlueChipHoops.com and sixth by College Basketball News entering the 2001-02 season ... The Sporting News listed Williams as the nation’s sixth-best prep player entering 2001-02 ... was a consensus preseason prep first team All-America ... rated the nation’s number one forward by Basketball News and Prepstars ... a three-time all-state, all-district and all-city selection (1999-2001) ... scored a game-high 26 points in the Derby Festival Classic prep all-star game in Louisville on April 13, 2002 ... a 2001 Parade All-America ... averaged 19.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots as a junior at Midwest City (Okla.) High School ... led Midwest City to a 26-2 record and the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship in 2001... averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three assists as a sophomore ... averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists as a freshman ... coached in high school by Rodney Dindy ... a four-year basketball letterman ... played on the same high school team as DeAngelo Alexander, who plays at Oklahoma ... AAU team won a national championship ... named All-Tournament in the AAU World Championship ... his team’s victory in that tournament marked the first time in 15 years a U.S. team won the event in France.


USA Basketball
Helped lead the 2005 USA World University Games Team to the gold medal in Izmir, Turkey ... the USA team went 8-0, winning each game by an average margin of 29.7 points per game ... Williams was a team captain along with Villanova’s Randy Foye and Minnesota’s Vincent Grier ... squad won each of its eight games by 10 points or more ... Williams was a dominant force during the tournament ... led the team in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (9.3) ... participated in the U.S. Junior World Championship Team Trials in May of 2003 ... participated in the USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2001 with Duke teammates Sean Dockery and J.J. Redick ... member of the bronze-medal winning South squad in that tournament.


Personal
Nicknamed "The Landlord" ... hobbies include fishing ... member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school ... favorite athletes are Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett ... son of Bob and Jeannette Williams ... father played basketball at Oklahoma Christian University ... father coached high school and junior high school basketball ... brother, Quincy, plays basketball at North Texas ... majoring in sociology with a markets and management studies certificate ... born Shelden DeMar Williams on October 21, 1983, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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