On Friday night, Jack Britt High School retired Williams' No. 21 jersey prior to a home game. Williams said he was shocked when he heard the news and had never considered that his old school would honor him in that way.
"I'm just blessed; I'm actually kind of speechless about it." Williams told the Fayettville Observer prior to Friday's ceremony. "I never would have expected it, but I'm happy that they even considered me for retiring my jersey. I'm blessed they decided to go ahead and do it."
Less than 20 hours later, Williams was on the court wearing the Red & White trying to sweep Wake Forest. Williams admitted that he had to snap himself out of his nostalgic reminiscing in order to focus on the task at hand.
"I kind of had to focus a little bit because I was kind of still reflecting this morning – reflecting on my high school career." Williams said. "I kind of had to take a step forward and think about the game. Once we got into shoot-around it was a lot easier."
Williams responded with another of his typically fantastic all-around games.
The senior scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, grabbed six rebounds, had three assists and blocked two shots. He hit three jumpers late in the game that helped the Pack stretch its lead from nine to 14 points.
NC State head coach Mark Gottfried commended Williams after game not only for his play against Wake but for the way he's played all season long for the Pack as a senior.
"I was really proud of him that they retired his jersey," said Gottfried. "That is quite an accomplishment for anybody. I think we are all watching him this year just have a sensational senior year. He has really improved and is contributing in so many ways."