IWCC freshman takes in second Cyclone game of season

AMES —Fred Hoiberg and assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih have their eyes on a versatile freshman out of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. Darien Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward who is originally from Cerritos, Calif., took in his second Iowa State home game of the season on Saturday. Williams attended Iowa State’s home game against Kansas in January as well. 

“I love Iowa State,” Williams said. “I’m happy to see a game. I have been looking at this school since Royce (White) was playing. I am definitely interested.” 

Williams is currently shooting 52 percent from the floor while averaging 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Rievers. He visitied Nebraska last week and claims to be receiving interest from: Kansas, Illinois, Oregon, Oregon State, Marquette and others. 

“It’s a lot,” Williams said. “I don’t remember everybody but it is a lot.” 

Williams sees himself fitting in well with Hoiberg’s NBA style of offense. In recent years, similar players like Will Clyburn and Melvin Ejim have excelled in Ames.

“He lets his guys play,” Williams said. “You see Georges (Niang) bringing up the ball. There’s a lot of freedom. I am a versatile player so I like that. Kind of like Melvin. He shoots. He posts up. I think I would be a really good fit and they told me that too.”

Williams doesn’t have a certain time in mind in which he plans on making his college decision.

“I am going to go through the process and see,” Williams said. “Whenever I feel like some place is the right place for me I will decide.”

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.