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Anthony Williams

By Shawa Carpentier
UWRF Sports Information

Anthony Williams' best basketball may be ahead of him, but the freshman guard would rather focus on the moment and his passion for the game.

"I have a love for the game," says Williams.

Williams's interest in basketball was inspired through his father, Tony Williams, whose unique experience as an African American youth basketball player during the integration movement motivated him to give his son the opportunity to participate in structured basketball.

Believing that sports are indispensable instruments that help to construct character in people, Williams plans to give his own children the opportunity to be active in athletics someday in the future.

"[Sports] are a good way to make friends and it is a good atmosphere," expresses Williams on what attracts him to basketball.

Unlike his father's experience, Williams played basketball for Cottage Grove schools from the time he was in second grade through his senior season in 2006. At Park Senior High School Williams was a three-sport athlete competing in basketball, soccer and football. In his senior year, Williams received the Pride in the Pack Award for his demonstration of leadership. Williams ended his career as a member of the Wolfpack earning all-conference honorable mention honors in basketball his senior year.

Williams gives credit to his high school basketball coach, Tim Walton, who he says was a great coach. "He was very well coached at Park High School," comments Falcon Coach Jeff Berkhof of Williams coming to play for the Falcons. "Now it's just a matter of him working on his skill level."

With playing college basketball as a personal goal, Williams decided to attend River Falls because of the school's comfortable atmosphere and affordable accommodations. Williams says that Berkhof's show of interest and respect impressed him.

The experience as a Falcon athlete has benefited Williams. "I have improved so much since high school," explains Williams of his transition from high school to college ball, "it's difficult at first."

Williams says that the team has improved this season. He emphasizes that the juniors have stepped up for the Falcons with an absence of seniors on the roster.  

"We were picked last in the WIAC, but we're doing better than people thought," says Williams.

The Falcons have worked hard this season and Williams expresses that a good work ethic makes all the difference between success and failure. "You have to have a great work ethic, if you are lazy you're not going to get anywhere," he says.

"Anthony is a real hard nosed type of player. We like how he gets after it in practice and in the limited amount of playing [time] he has had this year," observes Berkhof of Williams's work ethic.  

Besides helping him to develop a strong work ethic, Williams says that basketball can do a lot more.  

According to Williams basketball, or any sport, helps to keep people active. He conveys that sports can have a positive influence on children especially in terms of helping them to stay out of trouble. Williams also believes that sports help a person to learn how to interact with people and prepares them for situations they will face in the future.

When he is not playing basketball, he is active in his roles as a student and a community volunteer. As a pre-professional major Williams has yet to decide what he wants to emphasize his degree on, but he says whatever he does he wants to be successful. Sharing his successes with others, Williams teams up with his parents and church to do community service work on a regular basis.

"It helps other people who don't have the ability, so we help them," says Williams.

Williams hopes that his efforts to be a good role model will help him to set a good example for his sisters and other children.

Spending times with friends, going on trips and visiting his relatives in Colorado are some of Williams other interests.

Williams is the son to Tony and Cindy and brother to Aliscia, Annie and Carlie.
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Anthony Williams

Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn.

High School: Park

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-1

Weight: 215

Major: Pre-Professional Programs

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