Williams to play basketball at McDaniel College

Sherando grad Isaiah Williams recently committed to play basketball next year at McDaniel College. Tommy Keeler Jr./Daily

Sherando grad Isaiah Williams recently committed to play basketball next year at McDaniel College. Tommy Keeler Jr./Daily

STEPHENS CITY — It’s taken some time, but Isaiah Williams has found a home on the basketball court.

The 2014 Sherando graduate has recently committed to playing basketball at McDaniel College, located in Westminster, Maryland. Williams went to Potomac State last fall, but when things didn’t work out he transferred to Lord Fairfax Community College until he could find a school that was a better fit.

“Erick Green [Sr.] recommended the school and told me to go down there for a workout,” Williams said of McDaniel College. “I really fell in love with the program. I really love Westminster. It’s a good town. I really liked the basketball program as well. Coach [Kevin] Curley really showed interest in me. He would call me or text me every day. I really have a good relationship with him. I’m really looking forward to going and helping out the program this upcoming year.”

Williams said it’s been tough sitting out this past year, but it also made him realize that he can’t play the sport forever and he has to focus even more on academics.

Williams said he was also getting interest from Davis and Elkins and Frostburg State, but he just really liked McDaniel College better and thought it would be a good fit.

McDaniel College, a Division III school, went 14-13 last year, including 9-9 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Williams said that Curley said he thinks Williams can help the team right away.

“I just want to come in and contribute in whatever way it is,” Williams said. “If it’s being a cheerleader, or coming in and playing right away or coming in and trying to score a lot. Whatever I have to do to help out the team, I’m willing to do.”

In his senior year of high school, Williams averaged 12.1 points, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game for Sherando.

He said that he’s been working out with two trainers — former West Virginia University basketball player Nate Sowers and the Winchester Storm’s Lamar Bentley — at the Body Renew Fitness twice a week.

Williams said he will also be working out in July with former NFL player and Sherando graduate Kelley Washington in Miami.

He said current Denver Nugget and Millbrook standout Erick Green Jr. has also helped him out with good advice, and being a good friend.

Williams said he also had a lot of help from his two best friends and former teammates Aaron Miller and Tanner Ruths. Miller has a strong season at Concord University, where he made all-conference in his sophomore year.

“He really does put in the work,” Williams said of Miller. “He is a really humble kid and does put in the work. I did workout with him so it really does push me to get to where he’s at.”

Williams said he had the opportunity to play football in college, and was getting looks from Division II schools, but he really wanted to play basketball. Williams is the son of Sherando boys basketball coach Garland Williams, and said he’s grown up around the game and it’s the sport he loves the most.

“It is a dream come true,” Isaiah Williams said. “It is a lot of hard work and it has paid off. … I’m really thankful to see my hard work pay off, but I’m not satisfied. I still got a long ways to go to where I want to be in my basketball career and my academics.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

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