This article was written and published on April 15th, 2018
photo Credit: Nicole Sweet
Coming into last weekend’s Jordan Brand Classic there wasn’t any player more motivated than LSU-bound Forward Emmitt Williams. The 6-7 Forward from Fort Myers, FL, came to NYC as himself, a highly energetic and passionate player with the motor that goes unmatched. During practice, he was communicating on defense, hitting outside shots, cheering on teammates. He showed that same passion when he reflected on playing with his teammates after winning MVP Honors by breaking LeBron James record with 44 points.
Williams is part of a top-ranked recruiting class that includes Javonte Smart, and Nazi Reid. When I asked about how excited he was to be teammates with Reid and others he replied “Not just Nazi Reid I’m excited to play with, it’s a lot of other great players in our recruiting class and to see Nazi come out and support me that’s love”.
Willams was very appreciative of his teammates on the court helping him surpass LeBron James to become the leader in points scored in Jordan Brand Classic history. “I really got love for the guys in my class those boys supported me, they saw that I needed four more points and they helped me reach that goal. I always tell them, don’t let social media break us apart because I got love for those guys and they got love for me.
This is the 2nd time Williams played in A high school basketball event here in NYC. Back in August 2018, Emmitt teamed up with Duke Bound Forward Cam Reddish and Wings Academy senior Forward Mohammed Fofana as Team USA in the inaugural NYC Jam. Playing in NYC is one thing that brings the best out in Williams. “I love coming out here to the city because I had a lot of fans out there and I love them and I never thought that as a little kid I would have had someone look up to me other than my family members so it’s a blessing at the same time so if I can give back I’m always going to give back.
With his competitiveness, toughness, and passion for the game. There was no doubt back then that Emmitt would be an impact player. This year at LSU, Emmitt is averaging seven points and five rebounds per game for an LSU team that went 26-6 in the regular season won the SEC regular season title with a conference record of 16-2. The tigers got a three seed in the NCAA tournament and will play 14 seeded Yale in the east region 1st round in Jacksonville,FL on Thursday afternoon.