Vote Memphian Johnathan Williams For NCAA Senior CLASS Award
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As Universities, teams and fans are excited about the March Madness brackets taking form, an outstanding Memphian player is in the national spotlight. Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga University’s senior forward who also graduated from Southwind High School, is a top finalist for the NCAA Men’s Basketball 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.
Vote for Johnathan Williams now at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/athletes/johnathan_williams/ or http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_basketball_2017-18/. People may vote for Williams once per day until Mon., March 19, 2018.
Williams has excelled on and off the court, having notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Williams completed his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation this December. He has already been accepted into Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program and started pursuing his graduate degree in January. In the future, Williams hopes to use his degree to become an entrepreneur and spends his free time trying to think up the next “big thing.”
Although Williams is quiet and mild-mannered by nature, he has proven to be an invaluable leader on the team. He has a tireless work ethic, has made individual sacrifices and is extremely humble in his approach to life, academics and basketball. Williams is responsible, friendly and has the attitude and characteristics that are desired in all Zag student-athletes as they represent Gonzaga University.
Throughout his three years at Gonzaga, Williams has volunteered his time at a number of the university’s community service events. Some of the organizations/events he has volunteered at include N7/Coeur d’Alene Tribe basketball clinic, Spokane Boys & Girls Club, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, VA Medical Center, and Camp Goodtimes. He has also made numerous visits to local elementary schools to spend time with Spokane youth.
Williams is a force on the court. After leading last year’s national runner-up team in rebounds, he was selected preseason All-West Coast Conference along with the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award watch lists. Williams averaged 10.2 points per game last season, while making 40 percent of his shots from behind the arc. In 2016-17, he finished eighth in the WCC in rebounds per game, third in field-goal percentage and ninth in blocks.
Williams has helped Gonzaga win two of its sixth consecutive WCC Tournament championships, including this year’s 74-54 win over BYU. Prior to the conference tournament, he was selected to the USBWA District IX Team. Williams was tabbed All-District for the first time in his career. He currently ranks 10th among active players in the nation with over 974 rebounds. The Memphis, Tenn. native, eclipsed 1,000 points and 900 rebounds in his collegiate career this season. He averages a team-high 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Williams is shooting 56.9 percent from the field. He’s also averaging 1.2 blocks per outing.
Before spending his first two collegiate years at the University of Missouri, Williams earned first team all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2013 after leading Southwind High School to a 34-6 overall record and a state title.
The Senior CLASS Award finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in January. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 19. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners.
The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final Four.