When Kris Williams isn’t out on the football field, you can find him on the nearest basketball court, and if you can’t find him there then he’s working out at the gym maintaining his physique.
Williams is a rising senior at Clinton High School and a four-year starter on the varsity squad. During a telephone interview Friday, Williams expressed that coming into the varsity squad as a freshman wasn’t as intimidating to him as it may have been for others.
“I played on the block ever since I was a little kid, and you’re out there playing with older men. So coming into the varsity squad wasn’t as hard for me because I was used to it,” he attested.
Williams averaged 13 points per game, 4 RPG and 4 APG last season. He was also first team All Conference and first team All County. Klaus, as the team called him, has become an anchor for the team.
“I’m a go-getter. My coaches wanna win, I wanna win. We all want the same thing which is to get that ring,” Williams stressed.
Dark Horse basketball coach Randy Jordan described Williams as an “extension of the coaches when we play.”
“I like to motivate the guys and tell them to play their game. At first I wasn’t really vocal but now the younger guys listen to me and I try to teach them things since I have been on the varsity team for almost four years now,” said Williams.
The 12th-grader is looking forward to his senior season after an impressive summer league run the team had. Clinton went 36-2.
“Nobody believes me when I say this but I don’t think we’ll lose any games this next season. We have gotten better and everyone has a bond now that’s gonna carry over.”
He also expressed how playing with the same teammates for two or three years has helped solidify the chemistry needed to trust each other on and off the court.
Williams also believes that without sports, he wouldn’t be the person he is today.
“There is no telling where I would be without sports. Being out in the streets is not good for anyone so I’m really glad I found something that I love, something that keeps me busy and motivated. God blessed me with these talents and opportunities.”
Williams dreams of playing Division I basketball but because of his height, he thinks he will have go to Division II first. He currently has four schools looking at him for basketball and seven schools for football.
Whatever may happen in the future, Kris Williams said he wants to be remembered as the player who could do it all. Whatever the team needed, he was always willing to do it. He wants to be remembered as the player who could put the team before himself in order to hold up that state championship trophy.