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Junior Williams is STILL a BALLER

Junior Williams London Towers

If the tournament held on January 2nd at The Greenhouse by Westminster Warriors was called The Battle of London, then Junior Williams will now be known as “The General”.

You’d be forgiven if you looked at the Warrior’s box scores from this year and assumed the 5’10, 175lbs PG has lost it (except for the 37 point explosion vs Marjons!).

Compared to his resumé; played College ball at OCU stateside (winning 3 conference Championships in 4 years and his team being ranked top 5 nationally every single year), GB international at the Senior, U18, U23 and University level, BBL for Crystal Palace, London Towers (where he won a Championship), Scottish Rocks, London United and MK Lions-him now being a 33 year old Player/Coach for a D2 Westminster team seems less than impressive.

Going to actually watch his games though and you’ll see a totally different story unravel.

The Battle of London featured 4 teams; Westminster themselves, Brixton Topcats, Edmonton Storm and London Met all of which are D2 except for London Met who are D1. To say Junior Williams could dominate at will is an understatement. It appears he sacrifices his own stats and minutes to develop the younger players on the team but when he needs to, will step up. Like against London Met. Being a D1 team, pride  is on the line and it became apparent Williams was not gonna let his team lose. With 4 minutes left in the game, Junior only has 2 points and the game is tight. In the last 4 minutes he scores 10 points to lead the Warriors to a 60-54 win. Job done.

The biggest thing with Williams is he plays the game the way a PG should. He is pass first, a leader, and makes the right decisions. In the years I have watched British basketball, no-one comes close to matching his vision (Steve Vear is the nearest). To answer the question as to why Westminster have been so successful over the past few years, I’d look no further than Junior.

I could go on for another few hundred words, but I’m gonna shut up-watch the vid. Oh, and if you were wondering, unsurprisingly, Westminster did win the whole tourney.

*Note-Also bear in mind, these highlights are from TWO games of only 40 mins running clock..that is a LOT of highlights for 2 games.

6 Comments

  1. Pingback: Video: The Battle of London

  2. Paul Bale

    February 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Nice article! Great video footage of my old teammate Junior” The General” Williams…We won not only the Championship that season, we also beat NCAA Champions UConn with Richard Hamilton to win an invitational pre-season tournement at Cyrstal Palace…Then won the Saintbury Invitational at Wembly on National TV in the UK and Western Europe on Sky Sports in front of 14,000 upsetting Macabi Tel Aviv with 3 ex-NBAers, Hubie Brown, Mike “The Czar” Fratello, Gary Payton, then beating the 4th best team in Europe A1 Partezan Belgrade! We were an awesome team! Peace

  3. Sam Neter

    February 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for chiming in Paul, awesome to read your comment! I had no idea about Junior’s college career, sounds like it was pretty spectacular. You reckon there’s any video footage around?!

  4. Paul Bale

    February 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Sam! We were teammates on the Professional A1, in England a great Team called the London Towers 1998-99…I played for Birmingham Bullets, Doncaster Panthers, Newcastle Comets, now the Eagles, in Austria’s A1 with Gmunden BasketSwans, and Wels 96ers…I went to Simon Fraser University when Jay Triano was my coach, he is now of course the head coach of NBA Toronto Rapters. Peace

  5. Terrell Myers

    January 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Hey,

    I’m trying to get in contact with Junior Williams … I have a private High-School in the States and I know he has some kids that want to come over.

    Please If you can?

    Tell him to contact me

    • Sam Neter

      January 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

      I have passed on your email to him Terrell.

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