Wilson Central guard Jacob Williams is one of seven nominees from Middle Tennessee for the McDonald’s All-America team.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior and is 45 points from breaking Dee Oldham’s 2-year-old record as Central’s career scoring leader.
Williams’ scoring numbers are a bit down through three games this season, 13.3-point average, which barely trails center Ben Palmer for the team lead. Much of that is due to opponents focusing on Williams, which is leaving other players open.
“We’ve really shared the ball well,” Wildcats coach Troy Bond said Thursday. “A lot of people have tried to stop him. He hasn’t shot the ball particularly well yet. The biggest thing is we hadn’t played in so long.
“He’s very much a team guy. He’s done a good job of finding guys and hitting the open guy.”
Williams has a 3.9 grade-point average and a 26 ACT score. Bond said mid-major Division I and D-II schools are recruiting him, but he doesn’t plan to decide on a school until after the high school season ends.
Other Midstate nominees are Christ Presbyterian teammates Jake Allsmiller and Braxton Bonds, Siegel’s Charles Clark, East Nashville’s Terry Holt, Franklin Road Academy’s Rob Marberry, Kenwood’s Daniel Norl and Brentwood’s Andy Schumpert.
The team will be announced later in the season for the game to be played April 2 at the United Center in Chicago. It will be televised on ESPN.