Former PSU star Freeman Williams subject of new documentary

Former PSU star Freeman Williams subject of new documentary

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by Art Edwards, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 6:17 AM

PORTLAND -- Former Portland State University basketball star Freeman Williams paid a visit to his old campus for a screening of the documentary, "Inner City Champions."

It takes a look at the lives of Williams and Dwayne Polee, from their days at Manual Art High School in Los Angeles to the NBA and beyond.

Williams is a basketball legend at Portland State. He played for the Vikings from 1974 to 1978 and led the nation in scoring twice during that time.

Even without the benefit of a three-point line, he managed to score 81 points in a single game. He remembers that night well.

"It was one of those nights, I could do anything. It surprised me, everything was going in," Williams said as he walked around the Stott center where he played.

Williams played in the NBA for several years but personal problems cut his career short.

The film’s executive producer, Frederick Hawthorne, knew nothing of Williams when they first met. He wondered why people kept calling him, "The Great Freeman Williams."

When Hawthorne did some research, he decided he needed to tell Williams’ story.

For more about “Inner City Champions,” click here.

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