Williams named Portuguese All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year

June 25, 2018

Travante Williams basketball

Travante Williams

Travante Williams of Anchorage was an absolute game changer in his first season in the Portuguese League.

A reliable scorer and relentless defender, the 6-foot-4 forward helped Oliveirense run the table in the playoffs en route to winning the league title.

The league crown was just one of the many honors in this Alaskan’s superb season.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, was named Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year to headline the All-Defensive Team. He also earned Second Team All-League and First Team All-Import honors.

He finished third in the league with 2.1 steals per game and made more steals (86) than turnovers (42) in 41 games.

Three times he had five steals in one game.

The former University of Alaska Fairbanks star averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.1 minutes per game.

Williams posted season highs of 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists.

Oliveirense swept Porto 3-0 in the championship series to cap a 9-0 playoff showing and 36-5 overall record.