Williams gives OHS Chargers valuable point guard play
By John Davis
Terry Williams is cool, calm and collected, just like Oxford coach Drew Tyler likes his basketball players to be. The senior point guard has the ability to really fill up a stat sheet, and do it in a way that never takes away from anyone else. It’s a good trait, one that Tyler appreciates immensely.
“We knew all the things that Terry Williams was bringing to the table the summer before his junior year but now, a year later, he is doing exactly what we want out of him as a point guard,” Tyler said. “Through this past summer, Williams has become a scoring point guard for us. He is averaging 20 points per game and in our most recent win that gave us double-digit wins at a record of 10 and 5, he scored 36 points and was our leading scorer. As his teammate, Jarkel Joiner has drawn a lot of attention from opponents and a lot of trick defenses, Terry Williams has also.”
The two guards give the Chargers one of the best 1-2 punches in the state from a backcourt standpoint. And both have fed off each other very well on the offensive end, Tyler said.
“Terry is our quarterback as the point guard on the floor. His junior year, he had two triple doubles. He has more than raised eyebrows as far as the basketball circles from Oxford fans to opposing teams and also junior college coaches here in Mississippi,” Tyler said.
East Mississippi and Northeast Mississippi are the two junior colleges that are tracking Williams currently.
“They are following his progress through January and he will basketball at the next level and I feel like we will be watching him play Mississippi junior college basketball next year,” Tyler said.
When it comes to a leadership role, Tyler said that Williams is an independent young man who carries himself like someone who is older than his age.
“He never gets too high and never gets too low. That’s what we want out of our players,” Tyler said. “Terry walks softly and carries a big stick. The thing about it is he carries himself and it’s a model of the way we want our players to carry themselves. He made huge plays in the district finals against Saltillo last year and then in the put-out game in the playoffs against Canton that put us over the top and sent us to Jackson. It was like he was Cool Hand Luke. That’s really what you want out of your players in those type of situations and those type of games. He’s been in our program for two years but he has done so much for our program in two years. Our program has his fingerprint on it most definitely.”
One of the things that Tyler has challenged Williams to do in the second half of the season is to be an even bigger threat on the defensive end.
“Each thing has been addressed in a practice setting but when you get into a game and you go from quarter to quarter and half to half, different games have different looks with different players involved,” Tyler said. “It’s on Terry Williams’ shoulders to get us into those defensive schemes that we’re supposed to be in. And he can shoulder that. He knows it’s coming his way and it has already come his way. We’re looking forward to him to get those defensive instructions out and for him to shoulder those responsibilities. I think he can get it done, I really do.”
Oxford’s Division 2-5A opener with West Point Friday night was postponed due to weather. Instead of going a whole weekend without action, Tyler got the Chargers a game in the Tangle on the Trail against Velma Jackson and its star, Nikolas Weatherspoon.
“Here in January, we’re playing Tuesday, Friday and Saturday so this game keeps us in a routine,” Tyler said. “This also puts players like Jarkel and Terry, some of our top seniors, it keeps them on the radar against a good team, a team that’s won state and be in the state tournament year in and year out who also has one of the best players in the state on their team. Some of our Oxford players have played against them in the summer. They’ve gone head-to-head and now they’re going to have a chance to get a win over Velma Jackson and Weatherspoon in a prime time game in Pontotoc.”