O’SHOWEN WILLIAMS VISITING APP STATE

With unforeseen attrition Appalachian State Basketball is now back on the market for 2017 talent, especially back-court players. Spark plug O’Showen Williams of South Georgia State College is a scoring point guard with quickness and shooting range who will visit App State with family April 7-9. With NCAA spring signing day starting April 12th the Mountaineer staff is in recruiting overdrive.

Versatile guard O’Showen Williams was a primary weapon for South Georgia State’s prolific 2016-17 offense, which averaged just over 86 points per game. Williams impacts the scoreboard in multiple ways as a scorer and catalyst for his teammates.

Williams averaged 13.6 points per game on 44% shooting from the floor, made 51 three-point shots (35%), and also shot 72% at the free-throw line during his freshman season. His offensive game is very balanced, with 45% of his scoring inside the arc, 35% from the three-point line, and the remaining 20% at the free-throw line.

But, Williams is not only a scorer; he also averaged 5.1 assists per game and recorded a stellar 2.6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Williams also averaged 2.4 steals per game as South Georgia State finished the season 22-10, and he was named Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Honorable Mention and selected to the All-Freshman Team.

After his stand-out freshman season Williams is exploring Division I opportunities, including a scholarship offer from Appalachian State. Williams will be visiting Appalachian on April 7-9 with his parents.

Williams is confident in his game and its ability to take him to the Division I level.

”Going into my first year in junior college there were a lot of people telling me I'd fit into DI,” Williams says. “Then, my recruiting started buzzing and Coach (Jason) Allison came down and watched me work out and play a few pick-up games.

”He went back to Coach (Jim) Fox and Coach Fox called me the next day and offered me. I just thanked him a lot because they believe in me.

”I think I can shoot it from anywhere. I've work every day to improve that part of my game and I'm very confident in my shot.”

Williams is looking forward to learning more about App State, but has his priorities in mind before he steps foot on campus.

”It's going to be new, I don't know a lot about it but I know a few things,” Williams said. “First, education means a lot, because at the end of the day I know I'll stop playing basketball and pursue a career in business. My major is business and Coach Allison told me they have a good business program.

”After that, I want to have a great atmosphere, to enjoy college and its benefits. And then get on the basketball court and I know they'd be great coaches for me."

Williams also said he senses the confidence that the Mountaineer coaching staff has in his game.

”Coach Fox said they really like my heart. I feel like I've been doubted all my life and I'm just going to keep on going every day,” Williams says. “But I have heart and they know I'd never give up on them, and that's given me a great opportunity.”

Division I basketball’s spring signing period begins on April 12th. Williams will transfer from South Georgia State College with three years of eligibility remaining.


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