Williams Ready for Next Level

The Texas Longhorns signed an exceptional class in 2009 consisting of Avery Bradley, Jordan Hamilton and Shawn Williams. With his Duncanville career over, Williams is now focused on getting ready for his career at Texas. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the Duncanville standout wing.

Duncanville's Shawn Williams played four seasons on the Duncanville varsity basketball team going 130-20. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Panthers to a 39-0 season averaging 18.5 points and seven rebounds. That season ended with the Duncanville hoisting the 5A state title trophy.

After his junior season, Williams got serious about the recruiting process entertaining offers from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Baylor, Illinois, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arkansas and Florida among others before committing to Rick Barnes on August 8.

With the recruiting process out of the way, Williams could turn his full attention to his senior season at Duncanville. The Panthers entered the 2008-09 season ranked #1 in the country, but the dream season never came together as the Duncanville team went from one talented enough to win the high school national title to a team with egos, players playing as individuals and a team that by season's end looked ready to move on to their future destinations.

While the Panthers never quite rounded into a formidable team, the play of the unselfish Williams was key in the 27-10 season that included a very tough national schedule.

Williams was honored as the Dallas Morning News Player of the Year after averaging 20.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and another season of more than 80 three-point makes.

The #44 prospect in the 2009 class reflected on his career at Duncanville on Wednesday.

"It was tough at first as a freshman playing on varsity," Williams said. "It helped me. We won state as sophomores and that was great. After we won, things changed. I'm kind of glad it's over and I'm ready to get to Texas."

The 6-7, 214-pound wing won't have to wait too much longer as he will report the first week of June. The latest Duncanville Panther to go to Texas (joining Chris Owens, Roosevelt Brown and Brian Boddicker) is focused of getting his body and game in the best shape possible.

"I'm tying to get ready. I'm lifting weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I go to work out with a guy that works out LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh in the offseason. I'm really working on my ball handling and explosiveness. I think handling the ball is number one for me. Being able to go by people off the dribble is big for me because I have to be guarded," Williams said.

Williams will be reporting to Texas as a member of one of the top two or three recruiting classes in the country. Findlay Prep guard Avery Bradley has enjoyed a terrific run in April and that hasn't been lost on his future teammates.

"He (Avery) impressed me in the dunk contest. He impressed me with his power and explosiveness for his size. To me, I think we (class) filled the needs of the program. What we bring is what the program needs. From what I saw, after Abrams, Texas didn't have anyone else that made outside shots. Because I have to be guarded, I think that will help the team," Williams said.

While Bradley and Hamilton have overshadowed Williams, he isn't shy about an individual goal, but is more team oriented as he has always been.

"My personal goal is to break the starting line-up. The team goal is to win the national championship. Everybody's goal should be to win the national championship every year at Texas," Williams said.

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