Kam Williams Shows Off in Nightcap Of Gonzaga DC Classic
Syracuse, Miami, Marquette, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Ohio St, on, and on, and on. Kam Williams had his pick of the litter when it was time to decide where he would play at the next level.
The 6’3” senior combo guard from Mount St. Joe’s in Baltimore went with the Buckeyes and with all of that pressure relieved, it’s time for Kam to play ball, and keep his Gael’s ranked as the top team in the Charm City. That task could be a tough one as Mount Saint Joe’s is playing in the ultra-competitive Gonzaga DC Classic.
Up first for the Gaels was what most thought would be an easy victory and perhaps the most lopsided game in the tournament. They faced Carroll of Washington D.C. who returns zero starters from last year’s team.
The game was smooth sailing for Kam and his Gaels through three quarters as the Baltimore school took a 50-29 lead into the final frame. But Carroll stormed back as senior guard Antwan Haskins almost single-handedly scored twice as many points in the final quarter as the entire Mount Saint Joe’s team. Haskins scored 17 of his game high 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Williams finished with 22 points while playing all 32 minutes in the game. He took high percentage shots, played smart defense, through down a couple thunderous dunks, and showed the combination of poise and skill that has landed him as one of the nations top guards. Teammate Phil Booth, another blue-chip recruit who is just a junior and is being recruited by dozens and dozens of top D-1 schools added 14.
The Gaels advance to the semi-finals where they will play a familiar opponent. Bullis, who defeated Roman Catholic of Philadelphia 61-49 scrimmaged Mount Saint Joe’s just a few weeks ago. Bullis, like Mount Saint Joe’s is stacked, featuring a handful of future D-1 players. Bullis put four players in double figures Friday, and as a team shot 26-32 from the stripe, despite center Andre Walker going 0-4. Once again, the Gaels will play in the night cap of Saturday’s quadruple header.
In the two earlier games a pair of future Villanova Wildcats led their teams to victory.
Host school Gonzaga was tied at the half with Archbishop Milloy of Queens, NY. But reigning all-met player of the year Kris Jenkins willed his team to victory scoring a tournament high 31 points on the opening day. Jenkins converted on 14-16 free throws and sank a 3-ball from half court to end the third quarter. When it was all said and done the six-time defending Gonzaga DC Classic champions won 78-66.
In the tournaments first game Kris Jenkins’ future collegiate teammate Josh hart scored 27 points in leading Sidwell Friends to a 63-57 victory over Germantown Academy of Fort Washington, PA. On Saturday the future Villanova Wildcats will play each other, and likely guard each other for a good part of the game.
Saturdays schedule is as follows:
Saturday, December 8th, 2012 Carmody Center (Gonzaga College High School)
3:15 P.M. Consolation 1. Germantown Academy vs. Archbishop Malloy
5:00 P.M. Consolation 2. Roman Catholic vs. Archbishop Carroll
6:45 P.M. Semi-final 1. Sidwell Friends vs. Gonzaga
8:30 P.M. Semi-final 2. Bullis vs. Mount St. Joseph