Williams signs to play basketball at CACC

Published 10:54 am Monday, April 25, 2022

Escambia County High School Principal Amy Cabaniss encouraged students attending a signing ceremony to capture the moment.

The moment was senior basketball standout Sheldon Williams signing to play the sport at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette.

Williams made the decision official on April 25 in front of the senior class, his fellow teammates and the student body who supported the Blue Devils during the state finals run.

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“This is a bitter sweet moment,” ECHS boys basketball coach Layton Knight said. “I’ve had (coached) him since he was in middle school. They’re getting a great player.”

Indeed the Sun Chiefs are.

Williams averaged a double double 22.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per game this season with 96 blocks. He was selected as a finalist for Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 4A player of the year.

Williams will be playing with someone familiar in his older brother, Lue, at CACC.

He said he was already familiar with the Sun Chiefs’ program through his brother.

“I’m continuing what he started,” Williams said.

Williams said he chose CACC because he thought it would be a good starting point.

“It’s (junior college),” he said. “I wanted to go (Division 1), but with the change in coaching staff at (Alabama State University), I decided to go JUCO to get better options and more exposure.”

Williams is the son of Shirley Williams of Atmore, and the late Luerensley Williams Jr.