Williams: big skills, big plans and a big heart
Stavon Williams' eight-point spree on YouTube
By Connor H. Jones
February 4, 2009 | From the blacktops of Minnesota
to the snow-capped mountains of Logan, Utah, Stavon
Williams had come up big when his team needs him most.
Williams, a 6-foot-3 junior from Minneapolis transferred
to USU in 2008 from San Jacinto Junior College in Harris
At Roosevelt High School in his hometown he averaged
23.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and earned a spot
on the all-state team in his senior season. Williams
played in four All-Star games, earning Most Valuable
Player in one of his appearances. In both his junior
and senior seasons of high school he was honored as
the MVP of his conference and throughout his prep career
he was named all-conference three times.
As a sophomore at SJJC Williams received all-region
honors while helping his team to a third-place conference
finish and a record of 23-8. He shot 49.4 percent from
the field, 43.5 percent from three-point range and 72.2
percent from the free throw line while averaging 5.3
rebounds and 15.4 points-per-game.
"One of the main reasons I actually transferred to
Utah State because of James Ware," said Williams.
Ware was an assistant coach for the Aggies from 2006
to 2008 before being hired as an assistant coach for
Santa Clara University.
"Right after I signed he got a job offer at Santa
Clara and left," said Williams, "but I also decided
to come here because USU has such a good record and
it's such a great atmosphere to play in."
The atmosphere proved to be enough for Williams, who,
according to jocojunction.com
only had one official visit to Utah State before he
signed a letter of intent.
Williams has proved his worth to the Aggies so far
in the season, leading the team in points coming off
the bench. His average points per game is 6.0 while
assists and rebounds are just under 2 per game. Williams
also has the highest free throw percentage at .850,
three-point percentage at .412, and the fifth highest
points total this season at 127.
Stavon's season-high is at 15 points, a mark he's
hit in three games. None of his points have been quite
as important or electrifying the eight consecutive he
scored against Nevada on Jan. 29. USU was down by four
coming into the second half, the home crowd was somewhat
quiet and the Wolfpack seemed to have the momentum.
That was the case until Tai Wesley came out of the locker
room swinging, scoring the first 12 points of the second
half for USU.
As the crowd started to heat up, so did the hand of
Stavon Williams. With just over 10:00 minutes left in
the game the 45-all was broken with a beautiful Williams
layup, followed by a quick defensive rebound by Brady
Jardine and a three-pointer by Williams. At this point
the crowd was getting excited, their team was now up
by five and the Aggies were starting to play like they
cared about the outcome.
Nevada's Luke Babbitt, who had been scoring at will
all night, came through the lane for a layup, before
the ball got to the peak of its arc Jardine was there
to block it staight into the waiting hands of Gary Wilkinson,
who passed it out to point guard Jared Quayle. Like
a child's first visit to Disneyland, Jardine was all
smiles as he ran back down the court, Spectrum ready
to burst. On the other side of the court Williams split
the defenders and cut through the heart of the Aggies'
key. Quayle made a quick pass to the top of the arc,
where the hot hand of Williams pulled up and sank the
three without effort.
"Usually, when I make a few shots back to back, I
feel like everything is going in," said Williams. "The
rim just feels so big to me. It's like throwing a rock
in the ocean."
Anyone who's been inside the Spectrum can testify
how loud it can get, but no one expected the level of
noise that came after Williams' "rock" hit the ocean's
"I got dizzy, man," Williams said. "It was just so
loud that I really forgot where I was at for a quick
He wasn't the only one. The noise was ear-splitting.
While helping the Aggies climb ever higher in the
national ranking may be his primary goal for the time
being Williams hopes to one day have lasting effects
on young people growing up in places like his home of
"I'm majoring in parks and rec," said Williams. "I'm
not sure yet what I can do with the degree but I know
I want to be involved with inner city kids, just keeping
them out of the streets and in a YMCA type environment
where they will always have something to do, a place
where they could have free help on there homework and
what not, but really I just want to be a positive role
model to the young kids coming up in rough neighborhoods."
Williams always has his mind set on the upcoming game,
so as his final years of eligibility wind down, his
thoughts continue on, to perhaps his most important
calling in life -- not helping a basketball team win,
but ensuring quality of life for future generations.