Williams raising his game

SANDUSKY Being asked to compete in any all-star basketball game can be quite an honor. Being asked to play in two is even better.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Being asked to compete in any all-star basketball game can be quite an honor. Being asked to play in two is even better.

Sandusky senior Kelsey Williams played in the East-West game last month and will play in the North-South game in just a few weeks.

Williams played in the East-West game March 20 in Fostoria. He finished the game with 20 points and over 10 rebounds in a 140-97 West victory.

"It's fun. It's different," Williams said. "You play with new people. It seemed like half of the guys I played against already."

Williams said that while he grabbed over 10 rebounds, there really weren't that many to go around.

"I didn't really have to rebound because they shoot from outside all day," he said with a laugh.

The highlight of playing in the East-West game may have been when Williams won the slam dunk contest.

In the first round of the dunk contest, Williams said he just had a regular dunk to advance to the next round. In the championship round he connected on a 360 jam, but it was his dunk in the second round which may have been the most memorable.

Just as is often seen during NBA All-Star weekend, he jumped over someone for a dunk.

Before the contest, he had joked with a buddy of his, Corey Brennan, that he would jump over him for a dunk.

Yet later, Brennan's mom came up to Williams asking him if he was planning on doing the leaping jam.

So what started as a joke became reality.

Another cool moment in the East-West came when Williams got the chance to talk with Ohio's Mr. Basketball and Ohio State recruit Jon Diebler.

"I talked to him at the East-West game," Williams said. "He got nominated there for Player of the Year."

But the special part for Williams wasn't just meeting Diebler, it was that Diebler already had heard of him.

"I didn't really know he had heard of me," Williams said. "I was like 'Wow.' I heard of him, but I didn't know he knew about me."

In the North-South game on April 22, Williams will be on the same team as Diebler in the biggest all-star game in Ohio.

"I had always wanted to play in it, so I kept praying," Williams said.

When Sandusky coach Steve Keller Jr. called Williams down to his office to let him know he had been invited, he was "real happy."

The North-South game will be played at Capital University in Columbus.

The members of the two teams will have practice the day before the big game.

"The best part is playing against good competition," Williams said. "I know I have to bring my A-game for that.

"Also, it's really fun to play against guys from Cincinnati. I'm really looking forward to it."

Williams said he plans to participate in the dunk contest at the North-South game as well.

But what dunks he intends to unveil will have to wait. He's still working them out.