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Williams continuing success at Marshall


  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jan. 08, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Former Newnan basketball player Jannson Williams has begun his redshirt sophomore season on a high note starting all 14 games so far this year for the Marshall Thundering Herd.

The 6-9 forward is Marshall’s third leading scorer averaging 9.3 points per game.

Williams and his Thundering Herd teammates are 8-6 overall and 2-0 in the Conference USA standings with wins over Old Dominion and Charlotte to start a two-game conference winning streak,

The Thundering Herd knocked off Charlotte in the last game with Williams tossing in 13 points.

Williams hit a 3-pointer and also went 2 for 3 from the free throw line against Charlotte.

Williams came into his own last season and was named the team’s most improved player after playing in 35 games and starting the final five. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last season.

A year ago, Marshall won the Conference USA tournament  with a victory over Western Kentucky in the finals and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, winning a first-round game over Wichita State before losing to West Virginia.

Taking a look at some other former high school standouts at college programs. 

Kara Groover, North Georgia: Former Heritage School standout Kara Groover has begun her second season at NCAA Division II North Georgia in the Peach Belt Conference.

Groover has played in all 10 games for North Georgia and has helped the team to a 8-2 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league play to start the 2017-18 season.

She is averaging 3.2 points per game.

Siera Carter, West Georgia: Former Central Christian basketball player Siera Carter has played in all 12 games for the 9-3 West Georgia Wolves. 

Carter is averaging 10 minutes a game and averaging 3.3 points per contest.

Carter has hit four 3-pointers. She is also 4 of 7 from the free throw line.

Alexa Wilder, LaGrange College: Former Northgate basketball player Alexa Wilder has begun her college basketball career at NCAA Division III LaGrange College.

Wilder has played in eight of the team’s 13 games and has hit one 3-pointer in limited play.

VALDEZ Redshirts: Former Trinity Christian basketball player Eric Valdez is on the roster at Gardner-Webb but has not appeared in any games meaning the freshman will probably re/dshirt.