Upstate Senior Guard Has Some Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a detailed look at the senior year of an upstate guard prospect who had some big games for Niagara Falls High School in the regular season and playoffs ...

Taijay Williams, a 5-foot-10, 169-pound guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, produced 11 points per contest while handing out five assists per game and having two steals this past year.

"Taijay ended his career on a great note hitting a three-pointer in the sectional final against Jamestown with eight seconds left to win the game," said Costantino.

"We named him Mr. Big Shot," continued Costantino. "Because anytime we need a bucket he was there for us, He shot great from behind the arc and provided leadership to a team full of underclassmen. He will visit D2 Mansfield (PA) this week and looks to make a desicion soon after."

Taijay had some other wonderful moments during the year, sparking a second-quarter comeback, scoring 17 points for NFHS to produce a victory over Lockport in the Class AA quarterfinals.

Previously, in his biggest regular season game of the 2011-2012 season, Williams ripped off 27 points in a loss to Bishop Kearney High School. Taijay also connected for five three-pointers, showing his perimeter range, too.

A LOOK AT TAIJAY WILLIAMS' INDIVIDUAL GAME AND HIS RECENT PROGRESS OVER THE SUMMER AND FALL:

Williams had a terrific team camp at the University of Buffalo. 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.

Last season, 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 by scoring 13 points and handing out 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 SECOND YEAR HEAD COACH 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 that previously showed some interest during the past year but hadn't offered, included Quinnipiac, Monmouth, St. Francis of NY, Wagner, Fordham, Fairfield, and Siena.


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