Williams, LeFlore Win Alabama 6A Title

Future Marquette Golden Eagle Nick Williams had quite an adventure this season. The 6'4 junior guard helped his team to a 32-3 record that started off with winning a major tournament in Hawaii and ended over the weekend with the Alabama 6A state championship. MarquetteHoops.com caught up with the rising star from LeFlore High School in Mobile, Alabama....

Future Marquette Golden Eagle Nick Williams reached the pinnacle of high school basketball in the state of Alabama this weekend as LeFlore knocked off last year's state champ Jeff Davis by a score of 64-61 to win the Class 6A state championship. In the final game Williams put up 9 points before fouling out, but winning it all put the final touch on a great season. "It's hard to describe how it feels" said Williams, "three years of hard work finally paid off. It just feels great."

While Williams was busy preparing for and winning a state title, his future team was hosting ESPN's College Game Day and taking care of business on the court as they defeated #21 ranked Pittsburgh 75-71. "I felt bad, I didn't get to see Game Day or the game itself, but I saw the highlights, they played them on ESPN all night. It looked great, I wish I could have been there."

LeFlore, located in Mobile, AL, finished with a 32-3 record and while the state championship was the ultimate goal, the Rattlers accomplished quite a bit more along the road, winning the prestigious Iolani Prep Classic tournament in Hawaii defeating national powerhouse Roman Catholic from Philadelphia in the championship game 59-49. Williams averaged 19 points per game in the tournament, including 24 in the championship game. "That was a big accomplishment, and the first time we had won a major national tournament. It really helped us to build a lot of confidence and momentum. If was a great feeling, especially beating a team like Roman Catholic for the championship."

The 6'4 guard averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds per game this season for LeFlore, but he isn't about to let that success go to his head as he knows there is room for improvement. Prior to the season Williams had told MarquetteHoops.com that the two things he needed to work to improve on during the season were his overall court vision and also dribbling with his right hand. As hectic as the season was, Nick didn't lose that focus. "I am seeing the floor a lot better, but I feel I still need to work to improve more in that area. I really feel like I improved my right handed dribbling quite a bit, and am much more comfortable with it."

While Williams did give an oral commitment to Marquette and Head Coach Tom Crean, he is still only a junior (class of 2008), so Golden Eagle fans will have to be patient as it will be another year before he takes the court in Milwaukee. "I know it's a ways off, but I can't wait. I call up there almost every day. I am hoping to get up there this summer, but it can't come soon enough."

After finishing a long 35 game season with a state championship you would think that Nick would take some time to relax, but that isn't in the plans for the future Golden Eagle, "There is no time to relax, I am playing with the Alabama Challenge again this Spring and Summer, and we start it up right away so there won't be any time off."

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