ATTLEBORO, MA – Wheelock College men's basketball player Anthony Williams (White Plains, NY) was named the New England Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week for the week of January 6-12, it was announced today by the conference.
The honor marks the second time that Williams has earned the award becoming just the second player in school history to receive the accolade twice and the first since Kyle Pierce was named twice during the 2008-09 campaign.
The freshman averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.7 assists per game to go with a blocked shot, while shooting 49% (25-51) from the field and 86% (18-21) from the free throw line in three games. Williams netted 19 or more points in all three games. The six-foot, two-inch forward began the week with a career-high 28 points and added 11 rebounds vs. Emerson College on January 6 to record his third double-double of the season. He also came up with a pair of steals and handed out an assist. Williams made the most of his minutes vs. Mitchell College on January 9 with 19 points, two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in just 21 minutes of action. The White Plains High School product capped the week with a 22-point effort on 10-17 shooting from the floor, while grabbing five rebounds vs. Elms College on January 11. He closed out the week by making 13 straight free throws.
Williams has enjoyed an outstanding rookie season thus far, starting 10 of 11 contests, while leading the team with 15.2 points per game. He currently ranks seventh among NECC scoring leaders, while leading the league with an 82.1% (32-39) free throw percentage. The post player also stands ninth in the league with 6.2 rebounds per outing and 13th with a 45.6% (67-147) field goal mark. His nine blocked shots in 11 games puts him eighth among conference leaders as well. The rookie adjusted to the college game right away, recording double-digit scoring efforts in each of his first four games and has netted 10 or more points on eight occasions, including five outings with 19 or more points.
The Wildcats are currently 0-11 on the season, including 0-4 in NECC play and will be in action again on Thursday, January 16 when they travel to Bennington, VT to take on league foe Southern Vermont College for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.