Almost a year ago, Donald Williams was faced with a difficult decision…
Former Kentucky player sets up visit with OM
"I am going to Ole Miss this weekend for an (official) visit," added Donald Williams. "I am headed down there Friday." When did the interest start between the two parties? "They started calling me about a couple of months back. They just let me know they are real interested in me, and that they have a good situation for me. They have a good tradition of getting into the Top 25 under Coach Kennedy , and they play great teams night in and night out being in the SEC." What else is attractive about Ole Miss? "Ole Miss is in a real nice city. It seems like a nice fit. It's down south and closer to home. I am from New Orleans (LA). I remember playing there my freshman season at Kentucky. We were on a five game SEC winning streak and they beat us. We spent a day touring their campus, and I remember back then thinking about how nice it was around there. I had actually gone to a couple of the Ole Miss camps back when I was in high school at Southern Lab so I have seen the campus a few times now. It's just really nice around the Oxford area." Who else is involved for the two-time Louisiana All-State selection? "Right now I would say Ole Miss is looking at me the hardest, but there are some other schools that are looking at me hard too like North Texas, Wyoming, Coastal Carolina, Providence, Charlotte, and Penn State." Anymore visits set up? "Nothing definite but I want to check out Coastal Carolina and Oral Roberts too." Donald picked Kentucky coming out of Progressive Christian over Marquette, St. Johns, UAB, Oklahoma State, and Temple. Why did he leave Kentucky after spending a season there? "When they changed coaching staffs, I just thought it was in my best interest to find a new start. I just did not feel like it was the right situation for me.That is really all there was to it." Why did Williams end up at a junior college in California after leaving Kentucky? "I could have transferred somewhere but then I would have had to sit out another season. I took a redshirt my freshman season at Kentucky so I did not want to have to sit out another season. I needed to play so I decided to go the juco route. My AAU coach back in Louisiana, Tony Tate, had a good contact with someone from over here at Antelope Valley. Coach Horton ended up talking to him. I was supposed to go to MS Gulf Coast CC but I ended up out here." How did his redshirt freshman season at Antelope Valley go this season? "I had a real good year. I made 1st Team All-Conference, and I finished in the top 20 in scoring in California and made 1st Team All-State. I averaged 19 points in conference and 17 points for the season." What improvements did the former four-time all-district selection see in his game? "Getting to the rim and going to the goal. I was more aggressive going to the rack. My shooting percentage has been up this year too." The 6' 7", 215-pound small forward/3-guard won two state championships in high school at Southern Lab and was the MVP for Southern Lab his junior and senior seasons and was also named the MVP for Progressive Christian Academy which is a prep school that is located in Baton Rouge. Donald Williams will have three years to play three on the next level.
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