Williams takes advantage of first significant opportunity
True competitors don’t need a scoreboard to tell them when to play hard.
The sophomore transfer showcased a never-say-die mentality by playing to win all the way to the end to provide a ray of light in an otherwise gloomy 89-64 loss to Auburn.
The 6-foot-7 forward posted season-high totals of 14 minutes, six points and six rebounds.
“I can probably bring a little bit of toughness,” Williams told the Hartford Courant, “a little fire when the guys are down, when the guys get tired. Whatever the coach needs me to do, I’m here to do that.”
Connecticut outscored Auburn 31-25 with the Alaskan on the court.
“He played tough,” Huskies coach Kevin Ollie told the newspaper. “It comes down to that. Playing tough basketball. Do what UConn is known for, and we’re not playing that way right now.”
Williams has struggled to break into the rotation, in part, because he sat out last season and has only one season of JC experience under his belt. Give him a minute to catch up.
Performances like the one he had against Auburn will definitely go a long way in earning him more opportunities down the road.
He plays to win, even when his team isn’t winning.