Denard Williams searched his mind for a better descriptive but none came to mind.
The coaches (at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., that’s where he signed a scholarship Thursday at Northside to continue his education and basketball career)? “Nice”.
The facility? “Nice”.
The “whole atmosphere”? By then his brain had begun searching for a different word but only one surfaced. He smiled. “Nice”.
Teammates? By then it had even become a little game. He paused. He thought. Nope. “Nice” and a little chuckle followed.
Nuff said and that also effectively sums up the level of his game, Head Coach Ken Price added.
“He just blossomed the summer before his senior year,” said Price. “And he’s had to endure a lot. He’s had to play out of position his whole career. He’s really a ‘three’ (small forward) but we had him at the ‘four’ (power forward).
“But he can shoot from the outside and he go to the basket when we need him to.”
Williams, who said he plans on majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Culinary, ended up averaging 11.6 points a game this year. He also averaged 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and had 86 steals – all tops on the team.
He was also All-State and All-Region 1-AAAA this year.
“He’s got great character,” Price said. “All his teammates really love him. He’s very humble. We’re going to miss him a lot.”
And those words make for a very “nice” summation.