Williams

Senior Priscilla Williams dribbles the ball. The Lady Pirates fell 53-39 against Ozark Monday.

Branson’s Priscilla Williams was named to the McDonald’s All-American Roster on Thursday. The 6’3” senior is the only girl from Missouri to be named.

Williams committed to Syracuse back in September. In 2019, she was selected for USA Today’s 1st-team in Missouri and for the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State Class 5 Girls for the 2018-2019 season. 

She joined the Lady Pirates her sophomore season. Her junior season, she averaged 27.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She made 52 shots from 3-point range and finished with 39 steals and 77 blocked shots.

During her time at Branson, Williams has continuously led the team in points scored, resulting in a number of victories for the Lady Pirates. Most recently, she put up 42 points against Joplin.  

Prior to this season, Branson head coach Kip Bough told the Branson Tri-Lakes News that he had seen a lot of growth in Williams since she first joined the team. He said the skills have always been there, but that’s only half of what makes someone a good player. He’s seen her become a better teammate and become more responsible on and off the court. 

Over the summer, Williams played for Missouri Phenom. Missouri Phenom is one of 32 Nike sponsored girls programs in the country. Williams played for the 17u EYLB team, coached by Greg Logsdon. 

Logsdon said Williams played just about every position for the team. 

“From the point guard all the way up to the post when we needed her around the basket,” Logsdon said. “And she’s just a generational type player, in terms of what she can do on the court.”

He said Williams can bring the ball up, shoot a three from deep, score in a variety of ways around the rim and create her own shot. Many who have seen Williams play at Branson can surely attest. 

“There’s pretty much nothing she can’t do with a basketball in her hand,” Logsdon said. 

Logsdon said the special thing about the EYLB circuit is there are lot of kids who look and play like Williams. But even then, she still stood out. 

“She stood out on that circuit statistically, athletically and skill-wise,” Logsdon said. “She can just do so many different things.”

ESPN’s HoopGurlz ranks Williams at 11 on their list of rankings for the class of 2020, with a grade of 98 out of 100. The website prospectsnation.com has her ranked ninth. 

The All-American game takes place at 4 p.m. on April 1 in Houston, Texas.

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