The winners of the 2016 Mr. and Miss. Basketball were announced Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala., and Woodlawn senior and UAB signee Javien Williams took home the class 6A Player of the Year.
At 6-foot-4, Williams is a tremendous scorer and has the ability to take over at any point in the game. Averaging around 20 points a game his junior year of high school, Williams led Woodlawn to the 6A state semifinals before eventually losing to Carver-Montgomery who won the title that year.
Entering his senior campaign, Williams could focus on playing basketball as he committed to the Blazers late in the summer. Showcasing his talents, he was one of the brightest stars at the annual Steel City Invitational. In one game against Holy Family this year, Williams alone dropped 40 points.
The season ended in a loss to Center Point in the Sweet 16, but it capped a marvelous career for Williams.
“They have a great coaching staff and they’re some good guys to be around. I’ve seen that I can really be apart of it and we can have a good connection.” Williams told AL.com when he committed to UAB.
The Blazers took a clean sweep of the Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball awards this year as Williams joins Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston who was named Mr. Football earlier in the year.
Williams will join a UAB roster that already boast two players who have won the same honor. Lewis Sullivan out of Hazel Green won Mr. Basketball for 6A in back-to-back years in 2013-2014. Also, William Lee out of Dallas County won Mr. Basketball in 5A in 2014.
Coach Rob Ehsan, who was formally introduced yesterday, must be a happy camper as a guy who he recruited gets the states top honor.
Williams will have to earn his minutes on the floor and will be inserted into what already is a deep roster, but look for him to come off the bench and be that spark that Dirk Williams was for the Blazers this year in his first season.
Welcome to UAB Javien Williams, the 2016 Mr. Basketball Player of the Year.