Mens Basketball

AJ Williams Scores 1,000 Points, Named National Player of the Week

Hot Springs, Ark.

It's safe to say that this was a big week for senior guard AJ Williams. For the first time in his 4 year career, AJ Williams was selected to be the NCCAA National Player of the Week. He also eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career, becoming the fifth player in school history, and last player to do so since Cody Connor in 2018. Williams eclipsed that mark in a tight 95-88 loss against Welch College, as he had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. He then had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 78-75 win over Campbellsville University Harrodsburg. Williams finished the week tallying 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in a 76-75 win against NCCAA DII No. 5 Kansas Christian College.
Stats on the week: 21.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 3.0 SPG, 45.5% (FG), 80.0% (FT), 28.0% (3PT)

Those numbers, as well as results in the game, were good enough to win him the award. The 1,000 point mark is also a major achievement. Being a four year player for Champion, AJ has earned his spot as one of the Champion Tiger greats. Every year AJ improved, and his scoring numbers reflected that improvement. As a freshman, AJ averaged 9 points a game on a loaded team. As a sophomore, Williams saw a major jump in scoring, averaging nearly 20 a game in a COVID shortened season. Last season, AJ averaged 17 points a game, and this year AJ is again leading the team in scoring, averaging just over 17 points a game again. For his career, AJ Williams averaged 14.6 points per game as a Tiger.

Coach Capaci had this to say about it. "AJ is a special player. His will to win is second to none. I believe that is why he has become an all-time great Tiger. His individual accolades are piling up, but the goal to win a National Championship is what continues to drive him". Coach Hatfield adds "AJ Williams is one of the most competitive kids I have ever been around. The work he has put in and the growth over the 2 years I have seen coaching him is nothing short of remarkable. I'm so proud of him and this accomplishment, and excited to see what the future holds for him."