Josh Williams update

Josh Williams is a 6-8, 310-pound legitimate two-sport star who committed to Washington in the summer of 2000 to play football. But his academic situation did not allow him to even sign a letter of intent, and his odyssey toward earning admittance into the University began. Now, nearly three years since he first made his decision to attend Huskyville, is the Yakima, Washington native any closer to achieving his dream of wearing the purple and gold?

"At first I was at Southern Idaho, and then I transferred to South Seattle (Community College)," Williams told "I was there this fall, but now I'm not sure where I'm going to go. I'm just trying to get in school so I can get into U-Dub.

"I've got one more year to get my AA degree. So hopefully I can get that this year and then go to U-Dub next year." Regardless of whether or not he completes his AA, Josh will play somewhere. "Hopefully U-Dub, but if not then I'll play somewhere at the D1 level."

Josh did not play basketball this past season. At CSI, the winningest junior college program in the United States, Williams averaged nearly 10 points, 7 rebounds and 16 minutes per game. He played in all 32 games for the Golden Eagles, who went 26-6.

Williams, if he does earn his associate's degree in the next year, will have two years available for basketball and three for football. Football? "Hopefully football is still in the picture," Josh said. "I've talked to Coach Dollar and Coach Romar when they can. They've told me that they want me to come there next year and that I can make an impact at U-Dub, so I can help get U-Dub back on the map. Coach Romar played right behind my uncle Shag when he played at U-Dub. He's cool. They are both pretty cool guys.

"I've also talked to Coach (Keith) Gilbertson. He told me to keep working hard in the classroom and be ready to play next year."

Josh acknowledges that it's been too long since he's played a real game of basketball. "It's been depressing. I need to be back on the court or something, playing somewhere," he said. "I've been playing some pickup games at Saint Joe's, with some of the guys from Seattle Prep and Garfield.

"My game is still there. I still have it. Hopefully I can get somewhere next year so I can show everybody I can still play." Top Stories