Williams leaving USU basketball team
By Tim Olsen
April 22, 2009 | Recently rumors have been flying
around campus that the Aggies' best three-point shooter
last season will not be returning for his senior season.
After spending some time tracking him down, I sat down
with Stavon Williams to get an answer from his own mouth.
TO: So there have been rumors flying around the past
couple weeks that you're leaving. Is the rumor true?
SW: Yes, it is.
TO: What led you to make that decision?
SW: Actually, from the beginning of last year before
I was even going to come here I was going to leave.
The reason I signed was because of James Ware, me and
him had a tight relationship … and I knew it was going
to be hard for me going so far away from my family.
When he left it was a month before the season so I'm
already signed and it's already a hassle to decommit
and go through that whole process.
TO: Did your success this season and your experiences
here affect your decision?
SW: Honestly, it was super hard. I wasn't playing
well and I wasn't producing like I thought I was going
to and I was just going through all the things I went
through at the beginning of the year, the little trouble
I got in and what not. I was going to leave at semester,
but then another player left and I was like I don't
want to do that to the team.
TO: Did the fan support make it harder to leave?
SW: It's super hard to leave because the fans are
just amazing, it's the best place I've ever played in
TO: What was it like to play in the Spectrum in front
of the USU student section?
SW: I can't even explain how good it felt, it's just
like when you get the shivers up your spine. Everyone
is cheering for you and it's the best feeling you could
ever have. That alone made me want to stay another year,
but I've been going through so much this whole year
personally nothing to do with the coaches or anything,
just personal. It made it so much harder though, the
fans are great, they're just amazing. They'll come out
every game no matter what, if we're losing they're still
up there cheering hard still packed and everything.
TO: What will you remember most when you leave USU?
SW: I'm going to remember how great of teammates I
had because they were so supportive. I've never been
around a group of guys like that, period, in my life.
I've never been on a team with so many positive players
and just nice, kind … like a family. I think that's
the reason that we won so many games, people were never
down on anyone, it was just positive. We always went
hard and everyone would lift people up.
TO: What was your favorite part of living in Logan
and Cache Valley?
SW: It's so calm and you don't have to worry about
robberies or nothing because it's all nice people. It's
an environment where you're just safe, you don't have
to worry about anything getting stolen I lost my phone
and somebody turned it in I'm going to miss that type
of stuff. The kind people I'm going to miss too, the
people in general were just really, really nice to me.
TO: What are you're plans for the future?
SW: Honestly I don't know. I'm at a point where I'm
not going to say that I'm satisfied with playing Division
I and I'm cool with it, but I'd rather be somewhere
where I'm close to home.
TO: Are you planning on playing Division I basketball
wherever you end up?
SW: I definitely want to stay Division I, but if it's
anything like not a full ride than I'm going to go Division
TO: What would you like to say to the students and
fans before you go?
SW: I've got so much to say, I thank them for supporting
me everywhere. They were the best fans that you could
ever have. I don't want people to look at me like oh
he's leaving, because it's not like that at all. It's
just personal reasons and I feel like everyone should
understand that. It's nothing about Utah State because
it's the best school and the best fans I've ever played
in front of the best people period. I just hope they
still have love for me, because I have love for them
still. I'm going to keep in touch with all the players
and everyone. Hopefully I still get love from my fellow
Utah Aggies on facebook.
I was proud that I got to play on this team man, 30-5
is something I'll never forget.
Williams and his ability to shoot lights out on any
given night will definitely be missed next season in
the Aggie backcourt. The sharp shooter averaged only
six points a game during his lone campaign with USU,
but could explode at any time as was shown in the WAC
tournament. Williams knocked down 6-of-8 3-pointers
on his way to a career-high 22-points in USU's first
round game against the Fresno State Bulldogs.