“I’m just tryna blaze my own trail,” 5-star recruit Ziaire Williams tells WNBA superstar Chiney Ogwumike. The standout basketball prospect speaks on an exclusive Q&A with Stanford Cardinal alum Ogwumike on UNINTERRUPTED‘s Instagram live stream.
“I am more than an athlete,” Williams continues.
Williams declared for Stanford on Sunday in a poised and eloquent speech posted on UNINTERRUPTED’s Twitter. His parents jumped in the frame after he revealed his decision to the audience, and the whole Williams clan looks to be in high spirits, even with the uncertain state of the world right now.
A much-needed breath of vibrancy and positivity.
“Before I make this announcement I would like to give a special thoughts and prayers out to those who are battling this coronavirus pandemic,” says Williams.
The next step was for Williams to explain his decision, as well as his life and basketball. All on a live Q&A with fellow Cardinal and homie Chiney Ogwumike. Ogwumike is also the host of UNINTERRUPTED’s hit basketball podcast Certified Buckets.
“Basketball is going to stop dribbling eventually,” Williams says with focus and precision.
“You got that right, you got it right at a young age,” Ogwumike animatedly responds. It is clear she respects Williams for his wise words at such an early age, with the majority of his career only ahead of him.
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Ziaire Williams began playing basketball at the age of five. For his first three years of high school, Williams attended Notre Dame High School. In his junior season, he averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
For his senior year, Williams transferred to Sierra Canyon School, which was already a stacked squad but also had high-profile talents Bronny James and Zaire Wade in tow.
Still, Williams, a senior, was the standout of the group. Now, he’s staying on the west coast and gearing up for a freshman season that will sure to be under the spotlight in the wake of the pandemic.
Right now, possibly more than ever, people want to watch sports. They recognize the gravity of the situation the world is in, but the calming effect sports has on people’s lives is readily apparent now with its absence.
Best of luck to Ziaire Williams, already a model young citizen and star athlete ready to etch his name into the Stanford and NCAA history books.