Trojans basketball player signs with Columbia College – Sports – Daily Comet

MATHEWS – Central Lafourche senior boys’ basketball player Jamiree Williams had plenty of reasons to smile on Wednesday.

With his family, teammates and coaches looking on, Williams celebrated his signing with Columbia College of California during a ceremony held in Central Lafourche’s library on Wednesday.

Williams couldn’t help but display a big smile as he signed with Columbia College, which is a two-year community college based in Sonora, Calif.

“It’s an amazing feeling. Signing means so much to me,” Williams said. “Going to a JUCO or Division I school don’t matter. Just to go to college and play the sport I love and get my education will always bring a smile on my face.”

Williams, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound shooting guard, was one of the area’s most explosive basketball players in recent seasons. He’s known for his amazing dunking ability that electrified large crowds in area gyms as a prep star.

As a senior this year, he led the Trojans with 15.5 points per game (16.8 in District 7-5A play and 14.6 in nondistrict) to go with 4.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.1 blocks. He played a key role in the Trojans finishing the year with a 20-9 overall record and a share of the District 7-5A title.

Now he is heading to Columbia College, a member of the California Community College Athletic Association’s Central Valley Conference. Columbia is led by coach Rob Hoyt.

Williams received offers from many Division I colleges, including Nicholls State University, but he didn’t qualify to play immediately after high school. He will have to go the junior college route to start his playing days on the next level.

Williams said he entertained offers from several other junior colleges, but he felt like Columbia was the best fit for him. He wants to move on to a larger four-year college program once his two years at Columbia ends.

“I just felt that this was the perfect opportunity for me,” Williams said. “They treated me like a family out there. It’s a beautiful campus. They have nice people there. I just felt it was the right place.”

Williams said moving away from his family will be a challenge, but he’s ready for it.

“I’m going to miss my family and home, but this is an opportunity for me to live on my own and experience something new,” Williams said. “I feel like this would be the better opportunity for me to go out and get some experience. I also have family up there not too far away from the college so I could always get to visit them.”

Central Lafourche head boys’ basketball coach Mark Sanders said it will be tough to replace a player with Williams’ talent level, but he is excited to see what the future holds for him.

“I hate to see him go. I hate to see him leave the area because I want to watch him play, but I know he’s going to do something great,” Sanders said. “I think he needs to get away and be independent on his own. His family will keep in touch. I’ll keep in touch. He can use that time to get his academics strong and use it to get his degree. He could then come back and play at a four-year college after. I think he has talent to play on the next level as a professional one day.”

Williams said he expects to play as a shooting guard and possibly at point guard and small forward. He said he believes he will fit in perfectly with Columbia’s up-tempo style of play.

“They wanted a player with my type of ability,” Williams said. “They want players who are athletic and can shoot. I feel like I can bring something new to the team.”

Williams said Wednesday’s signing was a dream come true. 

“I always wanted to go to the next level. I’m glad to take advantage of this opportunity,” he said. “It wouldn’t be possible without Coach Sanders, Central Lafourche and all my family behind me.”

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