BOONE — Before examining his game, it’s reasonable to ask O’Showen Williams a story behind his name.
Williams, who sealed with Appalachian State’s basketball module Wednesday, receives that doubt a lot. His initial name comes from mixing a names of his father, Owen, and mother, Shawn.
“Every time we tell somebody that, they seem amazed,” Williams, whose initial name is conspicuous like O’Shawn, pronounced with a laugh. “My relatives were flattering creative. we consider I’m a usually chairman in a universe with that name. I’m one of a kind.”
Williams could be a “1” of a destiny for App State, that is relocating brazen though a starting indicate ensure and another starting ensure from a 9-21 season. He will have 3 seasons of eligibility remaining after graduating from Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga., as a two-sport standout and spending one youth college deteriorate as a indicate ensure during South Georgia State.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Williams averaged 13.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per diversion for a 22-10 group in 2016-17.
“I consider he brings toughness and a hunger,” App State manager Jim Fox said. “He’s not anywhere tighten to entitled. He brings us something that we haven’t unequivocally had given we got here, and that’s a indicate ensure that can unequivocally make guys around him better.”
Williams scored 1,521 points and available some-more than 500 assists in his prep basketball career. He also rushed for some-more than 1,000 yards in any of his final dual prep football seasons.
Programs in both sports voiced seductiveness in Williams, who could have followed evident Division we opportunities as a walk-on. He pronounced there were a handful of Division II football offers and usually one Division II basketball offer, and all of those concerned prejudiced scholarships.
With high costs still trustworthy to those options, Williams chose a youth college track with a wish that it could lead to a Division we grant if he played good for manager Cory Baldwin.
“Coach Baldwin gave me a chance, and he fundamentally saved my life,” Williams said. “If we didn’t go to college, I’m not certain what I’d be doing.”
Baldwin pronounced Williams is South Georgia State’s seventh Division we signee in a final 3 years. He had as many as 9 assists in one diversion and as many as 20 points in 10 games, highlighted by a 30-point opening in that he went 6 for 10 from 3-point range.
Told frequently in high propagandize that he indispensable to urge his shot, Williams done 34.7 percent of his 3-point attempts final season, and a commission was 41.1 outward of a seven-game widen in that he was 7 for 40.
Assistant coaches from Division we programs mostly visited and pronounced they’d follow adult with a conduct coach, though that was mostly a passed finish for Williams. Not prolonged after App State partner Jason Allison saw Williams play, he also listened from Fox.
“He gambled on himself and unequivocally believed he was a Division we player,” Baldwin said. “We finished adult removing propitious offered him on, ‘Hey, come here for a year – you’ve got a grades, you’re a qualifier and let’s see if we can go Division we after a year. It was good for both of us.
“In youth college, that’s a chronicle of a (John) Calipari one-and-done, we guess, though substantially some-more of a certain light meaningful he’s relocating on to a four-year propagandize to get a four-year education, that is eventually what we’re perplexing to pull these guys to do.”
Williams fills one of dual grant spots that non-stop following a departures of beginner indicate ensure Kelvin Robinson and sophomore ensure Emarius Logan, who were dangling for a Mountaineers’ entrance in a Sun Belt Conference tournament. They common a group lead during 2.5 assists per game.
Leading scorer Ronshad Shabazz, a other backcourt starter, showed an ability to also hoop a round and discharge it when pulpy into that purpose final season. Another guard, 6-5 rising comparison Jake Babic, had a second-most assists on a group while averaging 17.1 mins per game.
In personification some pick-up basketball with stream members of App State’s team, Williams done a clever sense with his flitting and concentration on creation teammates better.
“I only adore removing teammates concerned and creation everybody happy,” Williams said. “I’d rather have 20 assists and 3 points, though we know we have times where we need to score.”
Before his sole JUCO season, Williams also spent time with a Nike-affiliated Georgia Stars transport program. Among his 2015 teammates who enrolled during Power Five college programs enclosed Brandon Robinson (North Carolina), Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Trent Forrest (Florida State) and Jared Harper (Auburn).
After a year of proof his value during South Georgia State, Williams is set to join a Division we register in need of a indicate guard.
“I’m vehement to be partial of a good module with a good coaching staff, and we adore a atmosphere adult there,” Williams said. “I knew we had good talent when we went JUCO. They were a initial propagandize to trust in me, and we appreciate them for giving me a opportunity.”