Vic Schaefer inked another in-state standout Wednesday as Gulfport native Ameshya Williams signed a letter of intent to join the Mississippi State women’s basketball team.
The 6-foot-2-inch forward recently wrapped her senior season at West Harrison High School, helping Otis Gates’ squad to a 25-3 record and No. 8 finish in the Clarion-Ledger Super 10.
“I am excited to be going to play at Mississippi State for Coach Schaefer,” Williams said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to play for Mississippi State in one of the country’s top conferences, the SEC. When I went on my visit I really liked the environment. It felt like family there. I also like that I will be a Bulldog because I am a bulldog when I’m on the court.”
Williams averaged 24.6 points, 14.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 3.6 blocks per game to lead the Hurricanes to the Class 5A state championship game.
She scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to go with four blocks and three steals in a 53-39 win against Hattiesburg in the semifinals. In a setback to Holmes County Central in the championship game, she tallied 18 points and 10 boards despite suffering a first-half ankle injury.
“We are excited to add Ameshya to our Mississippi State family. We are very happy for both Ameshya and her family because she has worked so hard for this moment,” Schaefer said. “She is the best senior player in the state of Mississippi. Our focus when we came here four years ago was to keep the state’s best players at home, and we are so excited to continue that with the signing of Ameshya.”
Williams, who scored 30-plus points eight times and had a pair of 30-point, 20-rebound games, was tabbed to the Clarion-Ledger Best of Mississippi Preps First Team All-State squad. She was also selected to the prestigious Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game.
“This is a great opportunity for Ameshya,” Gates said. “She is going to a great program at Mississippi State. Coach Schaefer has done a great job keeping talent in the state. She will bring a lot of athleticism to Mississippi State. She can run the floor like a guard and has great hands. She is also a hard-nosed player who plays with an edge.”
A Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection her final two prep seasons, Williams averaged 24.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 2.4 steals per game as a junior to help the Hurricanes to the 5A quarterfinals in the school’s first trip to the state tournament.
Following that junior campaign, she was a Clarion-Ledger All-State Third Team honoree and an American Family Insurance All-USA Mississippi Girls Basketball Second Team selection.
Williams also excelled for West Harrison as a sophomore, tallying 19.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.8 bpg and 3.5 spg.
(From MSU Media Relations)