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 2. Al Ittihad 4-1 
 3. Al Madina 3-2 
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 5. Al Yarmook 2-3 
 6. Olympic 0-3 
 7. Al Trsana 0-5 
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Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Jimmy Williams - Mar 11, 2011


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Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.), who recently escaped the turmoil in Libya as the streets have become chaotic and the league had been cancelled. Featured on the news in his native Chicago, USA, he took the time to share with us. The Libyan Leagues leading scorer at a stellar 27 points per game, he shares his thoughts on the league and more importantly on the area as a whole in light of current situation.


EU: Jimmy, we are happy that you made it back safely. What can u tell us about the experience first off.
JW:First off i want to thank coach wells, and eurobasket for this interview. Im just blessed i made it home safe, it was a journey first me and my roomate, came together and decided to leave libya, because we seen the situation there getting worse, and we were very scared. so we took took it into our own hands to leave. so we paid a taxi driver to get us to Tunisa border. it was a long journey but we made it to tunisa safe and i brought my own ticket from tunisa to america. im happy me ane my teamate, and friends made it home safe. now im home workin hard lookin to get a new contract to stay in playing shape for the afro basket this summer.
EU: How were you received by the local community in Libya, both on and off the court?
JW:Libyan people, and community was great, on and off the court. The people treat you like family there. on the court it was a great exsperience the fans will jump down your throat if you have a bad game or if you lose a game. it was alot of pressure on me in libya to play and perform every night. which was great by it being so much pressure on me,it helped me to perform well every night, and it kept me menally focus. pressure comes with bein a pro player, so it helped me to become a better pro. overall i thought the libyan people was great, i never had any problems with the people there. They were very helpful and was always there to help when i needed it. In libya the people love sports and really support basketball and football. Thanks to the supporters i played well night in and night out, because i knew it was alot of pressure on my back and i had to get the job done.
EU: Was the area a place that you would return to? Why or why not?
JW:Of course i will return to libya after the situation calms down. Libyan basketball is on the rise and there was alot of high level imports in the league as well as high level locals. Every since the Libyan fedration allowed 2 imports on the court it really made the libyan league tough, and one of the best leagues in africa. so of course i will come back all the games are on telvelsion for the middle east region and africa region to see, so its great exposure for players and to build a name for yourself.
EU: How would you compare the level of play with Syria or Palestine,Egypt (arbic champion) the areas of your previous pro experiences?
JW:The Libyan league is a high level, and is the third best league in africa behind egypt and angola. having two imports on the court raises the level of the league. Also teams in Libya are signing high level african players. when i frist got to libya i had to prove myself i had a week tryout. I got there in september and after 2 days i played in a game, it was the al feta cup tournment, a preseason tornment in libya. I helped lead club itthad to the cup by scoring 34 points and they decided to sign me to a 1 year contract. The best thing i like about libya is that i have gain alot of exsperince, i had a chance to play in a big tournment in dubi hosted by sharjah club. I made the all tournment team against some high level middle east clubs. i posted 28 points against jordanian team asu which is one of the best clubs in the middle east. i also was the mvp of that game. i had a chance to play against egypt club sporting, ah sharjah, al shabob club ( uae) and champville club of labanon. So it was great to add to my cv.
EU: How about the Arab Club Championships in comparison also?
JW: I played in the arbic club championship last season it was a great exsperince for me i got the chance to see the level. i was playing with club ibdaa from palenstine. so it was a big challenge the team lack exsperince but those guys fought hard every game in the arbic club championship. i played 3 games there first game against moutahed (lebanon) sharjah club of uae 2 times. we lost all three games the thing that makes the arbic club championship is that each club can have three imports which rasies the compition. also there were many high level arbic players. i gain alot from playing in the arbic championship, i averaged 14.0ppg, 6.1apg, 4.0rpg . Hope i get a chance to play in the arbic championship this year.
EU: What to date, are your thoughts on the season? With you standing atop the league leaders in scoring and your Ittihad club sitting in 3rd place, do you feel that the league was cancelled for a good reason? Understanding that there was strife in the area, what is your take on the situation overall? How do u see it impacting the lives of the area players, and imports like yourself?
JW:This is my best season of pro basketball my agent julen michel adhepeau, made sure i put in hard work this summer to get me ready for this upcoming season. i had a new mind set coming into this season and that was to show that im a elite young player and im still taking steps to prove that. I came in this season with a killer instiinke. My hard work has paid off, i shot the ball very good this year hitting over 30 three point field goals in 10 games. i will countiue to work hard, i want to keep gaining respect, as one of the best guards in the afrcan region. When it comes to me bein one of the top scorers in the league, its in my nature scorering is what i do. i have always been a good scorer just lookin to get better and learn easier ways to score. which will make me a better scorer. i think the league was cancelled for good reasons. the fedration had no choice things was getting bad in libya. I think by the league bein cancelled it affected all players but this is life and this could have happend any where, so as a player you just have to move on to the next job.
EU: Now you are also a member of the Togo National Team, and set scoring record in last summer's AfricaBasket with the national side, has that given you a new outlook on basketball in the continent?
JW: There are many high level african players playing across the world. when i played with togo national team in the zone qulifiers ( 12.0ppg 6.3rpg 5.0apg). I had a chance to exsperince how high level african basketball was. its very phyiscal and tough every game is like a wrestling match, as a basketball player you have to be tough to play in africa. im just happy i was able to help lead togo national team to the afrobasket which will be a big step in my career, so im lookin forward to it. I have gained alot of respect for basketball in the african region and middle east region. what i did with togo this summer im lookin to build more confeidence and give my teamates confeidence heading into the afrobasket this summer.
EU: How did you come about signing to play in Libya of all places? What were your thoughts about it initially
JW:Well i was in togo at the time and my agent julien ahepeau told me the news african a game against nigeria. he explained to me the contract and we thought it will be a great place to play goin into my third year. Mr. juilen has made it possible for me and i trust his word if he says take it thats what im goin to do. till this day i think it was a great choice. playing in libya has really help me grow in my career.
EU: It appears that maybe the country has gotten a bad reputation for whatever reason. Is there anything that you want to say about the country and the surrounding areas, for our readers?
JW: To be honest libya is a good place, every where isnt perfect, every country hits a bad point, it could have happend any where. The readers and other players out there libya is a good place to place and get a great contract. all countries and leagues has negitives and positives.
EU: What is next for you, with so much time remaining in the season?
JW: well now since my season was cancelled, i am back home workin out lookin for new contract, i am very happy for what i did this season proving myself and building my name in libya. So since there is time left for this season im lookin to keep playing even tho its late right now im sure somthing will come threw for me. here is some high lights of me in libya just so people can get a taste of the libya league and the way i play, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc4oB2qd-gA ) Here is my contact email also williamjimmy2003@hotmail.com or julien.adhepeau@magnosports.com.
EU: What do you think on your future prospects in light of the present situation AND with the latest edition of AfricBasket just around the corner in summer?
JW: My future is great i have been working hard, and will never stop working hard. i started off playing in a low league in palenstine. then to syria then to the arbic championship, than jordan then to libya. im proud of myself some people have to take more steps than others and im willin to do that to get to the top. im 24 years old still young. so im always staying postive who would think 2 years ago that i would be playing in the afro basket, no one but me. hard works pays off. if a person tells me im not good it helps me. i have a big chip on my shoulders.AFRObasket is just another stepping stone.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your fans back in Libya or in Togo?
JW: i want libya people to stay strong threw the situation. also to my teamates in Togo see you soon lets turn some heads.

here are williams awards and acheievments
Awards/Achievements:
Chicago H.S. Thanksgiving Tournament MVP -04
NJCAA First team All-Conference and First team All-Region -07
WVIAC Regular Season Champion -07
WVIAC Tournament Finalist -07
NCAA tournment All east regon team -08
Two time WVIAC player of the week -08
All-Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago 2nd Team -08
WVIAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08
WVIAC Tournament Winner -08
WVIAC All-Tournament Team -08
All-WVIAC Honorable Mention -08
Voted by asia basket as the best import player -09
Won the league championship -09
Palestinian PBBA Champion -09
Palestinian PBBA Champion -09 (MVP), 10
Orthodox Amman Jordan Tournament:best Scorer-1 (28.2ppg), 4.3apg, 8.4rpg-10
Arab Club Championships -10 14.0ppg, 6.1apg, 4.0rpg
Togo National Team -10
FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifier -10: 12.0ppg 6.3rpg 5.0apg
Libyan Olympic Al-Fateh Cup Champion -10
Sharajah Tournament UAE Single Game MVP -10
Sharajah Tournament UAE: 22.0ppg

WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH JIMMY ALL OF THE BEST & WE LOOK TO HEAR MANY MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. WE ALSO WISH HIS NATIONAL TEAM THE BEST OF LUCK IN THE UPCOMING AFRICABASKET TOURNAMENT STARTING THIS JULY THROUGHOUT THE CONTINENT.
BEST SWISHES JIMMY!

  




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