Basketball in Africa has grown over the years and players across the are doing their best to improve on their skill to get to the next level. Speaking on an online interview with one young upcoming American player Jimmy Williams currently playing in Palestine said Basketball in Africa is Underrated because they is a lot of talent in the continent and as player he would like to play in the African soil. During the interview Jimmy also added some of his personal achievements, experience and future plans. Below is the detailed interview.
1.What you name and date of birth? My name is Jimmy Williams, and My date of birth is 5/27/1986 I just turned 23; I am a very young player.
2. When and where did you go to school?
I started my college basketball career at independence junior college which is in the jay hawk conference, and is known as one of the toughest junior college conferences in the united states. My freshman year I averaged 10ppg 5apg from the point guard position. I finished my basketball career at Alderson Broaddus college 15ppg 8rpg 3apg.
3. What position do you play? Im a 6'5 combo guard I can play the one, two and three. Im really affective when I play the point guard position, My height benefits me because I can see over the smaller guards and I can post smaller guards as well. The one thing that I think separates me from most guards is my ability to rebound. In college I averaged 8.5rpg and in the PBBA Palestine Basketball league Im averaging over 10 rebounds per game and my game high on rebounds this year is 16 rebounds against Sarriyet club. Also Im a versatile player I can play the 2 and the 3. By me being able to play more than one position that keeps me on the floor.
4. Any personal achievements during your career?
Here is some of my achievements threw out my career. Voted as the best Import player in palenstine-09 Palestine Basketball association Champion-09 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 tournament All east region team -08 Two time WVIAC player of the week -08 All-Euro basket 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 NCAA tournament all east region team-08
6. What are your thoughts on winning the Championship in Palestine?
Well I played on a great team we were very balanced we had three players including myself that averaged 15ppg or better I lead the team in scoring averaging 34.8ppg. I played for Ibdaa basketball team, and we went 18-0 and we finished the season strong beating De la salle Al quds of Jerusalem which is a great team, they represented Palestine in the Arabic club championship in Lebanon. So it was a big win for us. In college I won five championships Im a winner and a team player I play to win.
5. Where are you currently based and playing? This year is my first year pro, I started playing in Mexico in December, In the Inbp for the Golgos. The lnbp is the highest league in Mexico and a very tough league and I enjoyed my stay there it really helped me as a player. Currently I just finished playing in the PBBA the Palestine basketball association and it was a great experience for me. Also the league was better than I thought they were some very talented import players that what really made the league competitive.
7. Do you ever want to play in the African region? I think African basketball is very much underrated and should get more respect. Players in the African region are very talented especially in countries like Angola, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Also the other leagues are starting to improve. Yes I would love to have a chance to play in the African region I wouldnt mind playing in Egypt, ,Libya, Angola, and morocco or any leagues that are moving in the right direction.
8. Where do you see you self in the next 5 years?
I set goals for myself and every year I plan to improve as a basketball player and more up to higher leagues year by year. So in five years I look to see myself playing on the big stage.
9. Under which coach, place and time did you ever play your best game?
I have had a lot of good games but I think my best game was in college when we played against west Virginia state in the conference finals. I had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. It wasnt my best game state wise. The reason why I choose this game is because it was on a big stage in the NCAA 2 WVIAC conference tournament. I was coached by Greg Zimmerman one of the best coach in NCAA 2.
10. Who is your favorite Basketball player?
Kobe Bryant I love his will to win, and he is a leader on and off the court.
11. Do u have an agent if so what agency are you with? Im with team unity agency, they are FIBA certified
12. Anything we should know about Jimmy?
Im not only good basketball player but Im a good person very humble, and fun to be around. If anyone wants to know any further info or need my profile you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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