Upstate Guard Should Have Big Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a detailed report on the individual game and summer progress of talented backcourt prospect Taijay Williams of Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York ....

Taijay Williams, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound underclassman guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, will be one of the key players this season for second-year head coach, Sal Costantino.

Taijay had a wonderful summer in which he made improvements in many aspects of his individual basketball game. His leadership skills rose, according to Costantino and he hit his shot with more consistency.

A LOOK AT TAIJAY WILLIAMS'INDIVIDUAL GAME AND HIS SUMMER PROGRESS:

Williams had a tremendous team camp at the University of Buffalo team camp. He averaged 13 points a game and also had seven assists per contest.

Niagara Falls High School did lose in the championship game to Henninger High School of Syracuse. Taijay had his best game though of the tournament, scoring 21 points in the loss.

Previously, Williams also had a solid team camp at Canisius team camp. Taijay averaged 14 points a game as Niagara Falls High School won five of its six contests.

In addition, Taijay averaged 16 points a game at the Niagara PAL team camp held two weekends ago. Niagara Falls finished up 3-1.

Taijay averaged over 11 points per contest his past high school basketball season for first-year head coach Sal Costantino, whose team went deep into the playoffs.

This past year, Taijay scored 18 points and handed out seven assists to showcase a much improved skill set from the backcourt position, leading to a victory for Niagara Falls High School early in the season.

He also helped engineer a victory over Kenmore East with 13 points and six assists.

SOME OF TAIJAY WILLIAMS' BEST GAMES LAST SEASON:

Taijay ran off 15 points and had seven steals in a victory over Grand Island High School.

Against a formidable state contender, Jamestown High School, Taijay scored 18 points and had five assists in the victory. He was named the game's most valuable player.

Later in the year, Jamestown eliminated Niagara Falls High School in a playoff game.

WHAT SAL COSTANTINO THINKS OF TAIJAY WILLIAMS' INDIVIDUAL GAME:

"He is a junior point guard who can do several things well on the court," said Costantino. "He is a player who provides a scoring touch on the offensive side.

Several programs have shown early interest including Quinnipiac, Wagner, Marist, Fairfield, Siena, Monmouth, St Peter's, and Fordham.


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