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Boys Player of the Year: Jamarcus Williams

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Jamarcus Williams
CHARLESTON -- Solid, consistent, steady, reliable--a winner.

Charleston junior Jamarcus Williams, a unanimous choice as the 2006 Standard Democrat Boys Player of the Year, embodies all of those traits and more.

A starter for the Charleston Bluejays since his freshman season, Williams has been a prime force, leading his team to two consecutive Class 3 state championship finals appearances.

In his three seasons on the Charleston varsity, the Bluejays have finished second twice and third once with a stellar 73-22 record.

"I've been to state three years in a row and we've been runners-up two straight years," said Williams. "I'm upset when we lose, but after thinking about it for a while, I know that there's only one team in the state (the champion) that wouldn't like to have that second-place prize."

Williams, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound post player, led the Bluejays with 19 points and 11 rebounds per game during the 2006 season.

He shot 55 percent from the field, 79 percent from the free-throw line and showed range with nine 3-pointers.

"He was our leading scorer, leading rebounder, leading free throw shooter. That alone tells what he meant to us," said Charleston coach Danny Farmer. "He's the most steady, most consistent player and he's been like that throughout his entire career. Night in and night out, he's going to put up double-figure rebounds and points. He's, by far, our MVP."

Said Williams, "Going into a game, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team win. If I don't come up big in the scoring column, I'm going to rebound or put up some big numbers somewhere on the stat sheet."

Williams, obviously blessed with an abundance of God-given athletic ability, is not willing to rely on ability alone.

"I worked real hard in the offseason to improve my game and I think I showed it this season," he said.

Coach Farmer substantiated Williams' willingness to work and lauded his quiet leadership qualities.

"He leads by example," said Farmer. "If you tell him he needs to work hard and he needs to do this or that, he'll respond to it. He does whatever it takes to win. He's very unselfish. He was our leader throughout the year. When Shawn (junior point guard Sherrell) and Josh (senior forward Thompson) went down, his production went up."

Good news for Farmer and the Charleston basketball program is Williams' return for his senior campaign.

"You know I'm thrilled to have him back," said Farmer.

Williams is already looking ahead to next season and what he can do to improve his game.

"Next year, I'm going to be like a big guard," he said. "I'm going to work hard on my ballhandling, passing and outside shot."

As for the Bluejays' immediate future, he said, "We should be even stronger next year with three starters coming back (Justin Clark, Shawn Sherrell and Williams) and people coming up like Tony (sophomore-to-be Riggens) and Brian (junior-to-be Parham)."

Certain to play a sport at the next level, the only question for Williams is which sport. He also excels on the gridiron.

"If I can, I'd like to play both (basketball and football)," he said. "I think I've got the work ethic to do it."

Said Farmer, "The sky's the limit for Jamarcus. He's one of those players, and I've seen them before, that you don't realize all they've done until you look at the stats. Those type of guys usually turn out to be really good ballplayers. When you can't see it happening, that's a real good ballplayer."

Plaudits for Williams are not confined to just the athletic field or court.

"He's a real level-headed kid," said Farmer. "Just to sum it up, he's also a National Honor Society student. He's just an all-around person, a great kid."