The Geelong Supercats have added another piece to the puzzle as they strive to add another championship banner to their collection, with the signing of their second import. Anthony “AJ” Williams will join the team early in the new year following a successful high school and collegiate career.
Williams, who played basketball at the famous Lincoln High School in New York, graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2018 and attended the Aussie Basketball Combine in Atlanta in September 2018. It was there that he caught the eye of head coach Leon O’Neill that led to the eventual signing of the 6ft point guard.
A two time team captain at Clark Atlanta University, Williams was named Conference player of the year as a senior in the 2017/18 NCAA season. In his two years with the Clark Atlanta Panthers, Williams led his team to the NCAA Division 2 tournament in both each year.
Geelong Supercats head coach Leon O’Neill is looking forward to Williams’ arrival in 2019 and what he can bring to the new look men’s team.
“The retirement of a number of players following the 2018 season, including Geelong stalwarts Nathan Herbert and Jamie Medved, means that we are looking to play a different style of basketball in 2019,” said O’Neill.
“AJ allows us to do that, while at the same time providing a great role model for some of the younger guards in the program. He’s been a leader in every team he’s played.”
For O’Neill, the impression that Williams made at the combine was as much about his off the court persona as it was about his on court ability.
“AJ is a very quick scoring point guard and will fit in perfectly with the offence we want to run, but more importantly he is a very personable, easy to talk to, good person. For us, we always try to sign players that fit in our team culture, and will uphold the reputation of the Geelong Supercats. AJ is a great guy and will bring a lot to the club both on and off the court,” said O’Neill.
Williams will join fellow import Demarcus Gatlin, who re-signed with the club in late November and will return to the Geelong Supercats for his fourth season.
Having recently graduated from college, this will be Williams’ first professional job. “I’m looking forward to getting to Australia and playing in Geelong. I’ve already heard great things about the city and how welcoming everybody is so I am sure it will be a great experience for me.”
Anthony “AJ” Williams is scheduled to arrive in Geelong in early 2019, ahead of the new Elite League season managed by Basketball Victoria.