Williams brings energy, winning attitude to Adams State

May 14, 2014

Travante Williams BasketballAt San Francisco City College last year Travante Williams of Anchorage was the basketball team’s sixth man, the guy who brought energy and defensive intensity to the court when he came off the bench.

The team won 37 games and reached the elite eight at the JC national tournament. The 6-foot-3 guard was a big part of that success.

His play caught the addition of Adams State University, a NCAA D2 school in Colorado. Williams will play basketball for the Grizzlies and head coach Louis Wilson, another Alaskan who has brought in many players from the 907 over the years.

Add Williams to the list. He will play for Adams State starting this fall with two years of eligibility.

“It was a good situation because they got a lot of ties back home. It was like I was going to family already,” he told me. “They were familiar with my game and my coaches spoke highly of Coach Louis. I felt like it was a good fit. I knew it was.”

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe fame, also considered UAA, but ultimately picked Adams State because he was comfortable with the coaching staff and wanted to be loyal since they were the first team to contact him.

“I had a gut feeling,” he said.

At San Francisco City, Williams averaged 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as the first guy off the bench.

“I came in to be the fixer. I was supposed to fix everything; bring the energy, spark the defense,” he said. “I’d like to bring the same kind of energy I did at JC, but I want to do it at a different magnitude. Scoring wise, I’m looking to come up and put up a little more points and be more aggressive offensively.”

He’s also looking to win games and make a playoff run.

“My freshman I played for a losing team and then my sophomore year I was able to play for a winning team, so I got to see the best of both worlds and sacrificing points to win is definitely a big thing,” Williams said. “I’d rather be on the winning side any day.”