Men's Basketball

Dez Willingham
Dez Willingham


De Soto, Texas

High School:
De Soto HS

Last College:
Kansas State

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 180



2006-07 Stats in PDF Format
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Dez Willingham 2006-07

2006-07 (Junior): Played in all 31 games with 14 starts...averaged 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.00 assists, and 0.61 steals...shot 82.9 percent (34-41) at the free throw line...had 5 double-digit scoring games...led the team in assists 7 times...Best Stretch: In the last 8 games of the season, averaged 35.6 minutes, 9.3 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds and had a 1.4 ast/TO ratio while shooting 31.5 percent from (17-54) from 3-point range...Team Rankings: 1st ast/TO ratio (62 ast/39 TO, 1.59), FT Pct (.829); 5th steals (19 total, 0.61 avg.)...Big-Time Shot: Hit a 3-pointer from the left-wing as time expired for a 64-62 win at TCU on Dec. 21...Note To Remember: Started last 13 games of the season...Game Highlights: Had 11 points and 4 assists in C-USA Tournament opener against Southern Miss 3/7...Scored 9 points on 9-9 FT against Tulsa 2/28...Had 11 points and 3 assists in 40 minutes at UTEP 2/21...Had a season-best 14 points, including a career-best tying 4 3-pointers, along with 2 assists and a steal against East Carolina 2/17...Contributed 7 points, 3 assists to 0 turnovers, and 2 steals at Marshall 2/14...Had 9 points and 4 assists against Rice 2/10...Added 6 points, 2 assists, and a steal at [11] Memphis 2/3...Had 6 points and 3 assists at UAB 1/31...Scored 11 points and was 3-4 on 3FG with 2 assists against Texas-Pan Am 1/4...Had 3 points, all on the game-winning 3-pointer from the left wing as time expired, as well as 6 assists and 3 boards in the 64-62 win at TCU 12/21...Added 5 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds against Texas College 12/3...Had 6 assists and 4 rebounds against La-Monroe 11/22...Added 7 points against Dayton 11/18.

2005-06 Stats in PDF Format
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Dez Willingham 2005-06

2005-06 (Sophomore): Played in all 29 games (28 starts) with 13 10+point games and 10 4+assist games...Fourth on team in scoring (9.6), second in assists (2.6), and third in steals (1.1)...Led team in scoring 4 times, assists 8 times and steals 6 times...Ranked 15th in C-USA games for 3FG Pct (.357), t-15th in 3FGM (1.43)...Nine points and 2 assists against UAB 2/25...Contributed 18 points, including three free throws to tie the game with 6.8 seconds left in regulation, against Marshall 2/15...Ten points (all 2nd half on 4-4 FG), two assists, and two steals at Tulane 2/1...Added 9 points, 4 assists, and a pair of steals at UTEP 1/28...Co-team high 14 points along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal at UT-Pan American 1/24...Had team-high four assists along with a steal and 7 points which included a 25-foot three-pointer with half a second left in regulation to force overtime against Rice 1/21...Had 7 points, 3 boards, and a team-high six assists at East Carolina 1/18...Scored 16 points with career highs of 6FG and 14 FGA along with 5 rebounds, a steal, and an assist against UTEP 1/11...Had career highs of 20 points and 4 three-pointers as well as going 6-of-6 at the line against #12 Oklahoma 1/3...Added 6 points and 3 assists against Harvard 12/28...Scored 11 points on 5-7 FG against Savannah State 12/19...Had 16 points, 7 assists and a career best six boards against Hardin-Simmons 12/10...Contributed 11 points and 5 assists at Texas State 12/1...Scored 14 points with 4 assists and the first three-steal game of his career against Long Island 11/29...Tallied 11 points (9-11 FT), 4 assists and 2 steals against Centenary 11/22...Scored 14 points and had 5 assists in his SMU debut at La.-Monroe 11/20.

2004-05: Attended Mountain View (Texas) Community College, but did not play basketball.

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Freshman (2003-04 at Kansas State): Played in 22 games with 11 starts and averaged 17.4 minutes per outing...Averaged 2.8 assists compared to 1.5 turnovers per game...Also contributed 4.4 points and 1.5 boards per outing...Shot .368 (21-57) from three-point range and .360 (36-100) overall from the field...Had a season-high eight assists against Gardner-Webb...Recorded a personal-best 13 points against Birmingham-Southern...In Big 12 Conference action, totaled 32 assists to just ten turnovers in 13 games.

Summer of 2003: Helped the Global Games Select Team to a second-place finish at the fourth annual Coca-Cola Global Games International Tournament held June 29-July 5 at SMU's Moody Coliseum... The team, which consisted mostly of Texas high school stars, posted a 3-2 record in the 10-team tournament, which included 21-and-under USA Men's Junior World Championship Team and junior national squads from Serbia-Montenegro, Canada, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Brazil... Was a starter in all five games for the Select Team... Second on the team in scoring and eighth overall in the tournament with an 11.0 points per game... Led the team and was third overall in assists at 4.5 per game. Prep: Ranked as the No. 18 prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger in PrepStars Recruiter's Handbook...Rated the No. 36 overall recruit by Hoop Scoop...Rated among the top-10 point guards and No. 80 overall recruit by Bob Gibbons... Rated as the No. 65 overall recruit in the Class of 2003 by Rated as the top 20 point guards by Mark Mayemura...A four-year starter at DeSoto HS (Texas)... Helped lead the Eagles to a 33-6 overall record and the 2003 Texas 5A Championship, where he was MVP of the championship game...Scored 24 points in the Eagles' 94-73 victory over Corpus Christi Ray in the Class 5A State Championship...Tallied 20 points in semifinal win over Fort Bend Hightowner...Registered 26 points and was 11-of-15 from the foul line in the regional final over Cedar Hill...Selected the MVP of the Class 5A State Tournament...Named Class 5A first-team All-State by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC)... Named the Dallas Morning News Player of the Year...Selected Southwest Player of the Year... Honored as the District 4-5A MVP...Named first team all-district by the TABC...Averaged 15.3 points, 6.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a senior: Shot 58.1 percent from the field, including 83.3 percent from 3-point range...Invited to play in the TABC All-Star game and the Global Games...Helped guide the Eagles to a 25-8 overall record and a No. 3 state ranking in 2001-02... Selected to the Dallas Morning News All-Metro second team...Named to the TABC All-Region team...Was the only junior named to the Texas 5A District 8 first team...Averaged 18.0 points, 6.7 assists and 4.0 steals per game as a junior...Was one of 180 to receive an invitation to prestigious 2002 Nike All-America Invitational Camp in Indianapolis, Ind....Averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a sophomore...Also averaged 10.0 points, 6.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a freshman...Coached by Chris Dyer, who also coached his father, Kenneth.

Personal: Father, Kenneth, was a standout point guard at Stephen F. Austin.

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