Akeem Williams happy to get workout chance with C's

Akeem Williams happy to get workout chance with C's
June 4, 2014, 4:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Akeem Williams was laying in bed, doing what so many college players do a lot of these days - waiting for the phone to ring.

Unsure of what was on the horizon, his phone rang with the news he was longing to hear: the Boston Celtics were bringing him in for a workout.

It's one thing if you've spent your entire career playing in front of large crowds that garner lots and lots of media attention.

But Williams?

He's an undersized guard (5-10, 190) who played four years at Division II UMass-Lowell.

So any shot to perform in front of NBA personnel is one to be, well, kind of giddy about.

"It's an amazing opportunity," Williams said after Wednesday's workout. "I'm a local guy, I went to a small school. Just to have an opportunity to get out here and show myself to these players, it's a lot of fun and I enjoyed the experience."

And the opportunity came about pretty quickly, too.

"Two days ago," Williams said. "I'm laying at home in bed, thinking about what I'm gonna do next. Phone rings ... I get the call to work out. At first I was a little shocked."

Once that wore off, Williams first thought?

"Then I went to the gym and got ready," he said.

The chances of him latching on with the Celtics is extremely unlikely, but the feedback he'll be getting from Boston will be invaluable.

It will give him a better sense of what he needs to do in order to get a shot at this level, or overseas.

But at the very least, Williams was intent on showing his ability to compete regardless of who he was facing.

On Wednesday, the only other guard at Boston's workout was Michael Dixon, a 6-1 guard who played this past season at Memphis after transferring from Missouri where he played with current Celtic Phil Pressey.

"At the end of the day, it's going out and playing basketball," Williams said. "When I come out here and try to show that against someone else, I just hope they can see that."