The Sunshine State's latest star is shooting for a fourth consecutive state title.
Not many players have had a basketball career like Dorian Williams, a 5-7 guard from Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
In her first three years at Ribault, Williams led the Lady Trojans to three Class 4A state titles and a 112-2 record, including 91 straight victories. Along the way, she was named Florida Class 4A Player of the Year the past two seasons and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year for 2002. She's also a Parade and Street & Smith first team All-American, and is rated the top point guard in the Class of 2003 by the All Star Girls Report.
Last season, Williams averaged 21.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 5.9 steals. Showing her consistency, this season she has averaged 21.1 points, 8.0 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.9 steals while leading Ribault to a 23-1 record. That includes last week, when she racked up 80 points, 25 rebounds, 24 assists and 17 steals in three games as the Lady Trojans took the Gateway Conference Tournament title. In honor of her efforts, she was named Player of the Week by USA Today, which also has Ribault ranked No. 12 in its Super 25 rankings.
"She has matured," Ribault coach Alfred Austin told the Tallahassee Democrat. "She has developed her game to another level. She's a very unselfish player and good defensively. There are very few weaknesses in her game."
This fall, Williams will head to Florida State University, for which she signed a Letter of Intent to play for Head Coach Sue Semrau. "I think with the right people around her she can be a phenomenal college player," Semrau told the Tallahassee Democrat. "She's very unselfish and yet can do a lot of the scoring herself. But she just makes everybody around her better."
Florida State is an up-and-coming program--the team's 2001-02 record was 13-15--but Williams is ready for the challenge. "Give me some time to work with everybody and get to know everybody real good," Williams told the Democrat upon signing. "We're gonna make this thing happen."
Williams was asked last fall during her official visit to FSU why she wasn't considering a traditional NCAA Division I power such as Tennessee and Connecticut. "When you go to a school like Tennessee, everybody is going to compare you to Chamique Holdsclaw. Or if you go to UConn, they'll compare you to Sue Bird," said Williams in the Democrat. "So why not go somewhere you can establish yourself and do it in your own state? That's why I like going out of town and representing the state of Florida. Let everybody know we have some talent here."
Article written by Gball Associate Editor Jim Catalano.
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