Montre Williams hits 1,000-point milestone
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Montre Williams hits 1,000-point milestone


Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

Montre Williams, Copperas Cove, Texas senior, has played basketball at NSU since 2014. The 2017-2018 season was his last ride to be a part of the RiverHawks basketball team. Although Williams basketball career has come to an end, he has many goals prepared for his future.

Williams came to NSU in 2014 on a basketball scholarship. He was recruited out of Texas. During his freshman year, there were 22 players from other states. By the end of that year, they ended with roughly eight or nine. Half of the team quit due to the enforced rules, hard coaching, and having too much of a responsibility, while others fell off due to injuries. As a freshman, he had the privilege to start all 28 games. This experience helped him down the road.

During his sophomore year, there were 20 people on the team, along with four returners. Again they finished with ten players, but the ten players had bonded together as a family. The RiverHawks had a losing record, but only a 2.3 average margin of loss. During the off-season, Montre was contemplating transferring universities because his teammates were transferring along with problems with his coach. He figured life and basketball would be better and easier elsewhere. However, after talking to his family and evaluating the situation, Williams decided he was in one of the best situations a player could be in. He started both years and played the most minutes of anyone on the team. If he stayed, he would be the returning leading scorer and leader of the team

“He is soft spoken but fun loving,” said Mark Downey, NSU basketball head coach. “He always has a smile on his face. People gravitate to him. He is very likable, well-spoken and easy to talk to.”

During Williams’ junior year, he led the team in scoring and made the all-conference tea,. He was selected to be in the NABC honor roll, which only five players are selected for this honor of the entire conference. This achievement is for players with an outstanding GPA on the all-conference list.

His senior year, the athletic director hired a new coach, Mark Downey. He was eager to meet Williams and talked to him about the goals he had for the team. They built a relationship the first day they met.

The beginning of his senior season was a little rough for Williams, as he felt he was not playing to his expectations. He was nervous about what the coach and his new teammates were thinking about his ability to play. He was unsure of where to get his shots in the offense, and he was second guessing himself. However, his coaches and teammates stuck with him, and encouraged Williams throughout the season.

“Montre was our best perimeter defensive player,” said Nathan Kennedy, NSU basketball assistant coach. “He was the most trusted player on the floor this season. He was always in the right position, always knew the plays, knew the scouting report, and knew what we were trying to do with our game plan. Off the court, Montre is one of the most fun-loving kids I have ever coached. He has had one of the hardest careers for a college basketball player, and every time I see him he has one the brightest smiles.”

During his senior year, Williams hit a mark that not many players do. He accomplished 1,000 career points, along with some of NSU’s former basketball players, including Darnell Hinson, John Shepherd, Wes Pitcock, Bryton Hobbs, and Randy Keyes. Montre Williams finished with a total of 1,056 points from 2014-2018. This shows Williams’ commitment and the hard work he has put in throughout his career.

“My four years here at NSU have been the best experience of my life,” said Montre Williams, Copperas Cove, Texas senior. “I learned a lot about life and myself with all the ups and downs. My coaches not only taught me how to better myself at basketball, but also important life skills for after basketball.”

Williams had 40 new teammates and two head coaches throughout his college career. He was able to build a relationship with all of them. He was involved in 25 community service projects during his time at NSU. He is graduating in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management and a cumulative GPA of a 3.5.

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