Wednesday November 14, 2012Basketball Standout Ronni Williams Signs National Letter of Intent to Attend Florida
Ronni Williams with her mother and father.
Ronni Williams with her mother and father.
Ronni Williams, the top-ranked basketball recruiting prospect in the state of Florida, officially signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Florida, Gator head coach Amanda Butler announced Wednesday.
A three-time Daytona Beach News-Journal Player of the Year selection, Williams is ranked as the No. 13 best player in the country on ESPN’s Class of 2013 national recruiting list. Williams also was recognized by ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings as the second-best wing-position player in the 2013 recruiting class.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 forward from Daytona Beach, is f the highest-ranked player ever to sign with the Gators and will begin her college career in the 2013-14 season.
“There is a long list of attributes of Ronni as a basketball player, starting with her competitiveness, how great she wants to be and how great she wants the Gators to be,” Butler said. “From purely a basketball skill standpoint, Ronni is a player who can excel at any position on the court. She’s a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
“Ronni has true versatility. When you see her play, you know that you’re watching a professional athlete. All of her talent is fuelled by an intense competitive spirit and willingness to work.
“Ronni is the total package,” Butler continued. “She is the type of person we want in our program. She’s the kind of individual that our current team deserves as a teammate. Ronni is strong in her faith and convictions and understands the value of a good education and all of those factors are ultimately what led her to the Gators. Ronni is the type of big-time player that other big-time players will want to play with on the court.”
During her freshman year at Atlantic high School, Williams averaged 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds and she amazingly has been stronger each year despite having a larger target and receiving more attention from the opposition. She averaged 21.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.2 blocks her sophomore season and 20.1 points (636 total points), 10.8 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.6 blocks last year as a junior.
During her third prep season, Williams helped the Sharks to a 21-6 overall record, as she totaled 553 points, scoring a season-high 34 points on January 17, 2012, against Crooms Academy.
Williams’ sophomore year was highlighted with a 66-65 win against Apopka on Jan. 22, 2011, when she scored a career-high 45 points with 19 rebounds and five steals. She totaled 636 points while helping the squad to a 21-8 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in league action.
During her freshman year when she totaled 451 points, her statistical highlight game came on Jan. 14, 2010, against Jones when she recorded 29 points, 25 rebounds and dished seven assists in the win that helped the Sharks compile a 21-3 overall record.
If she continues to perform like she has for the Sharks, Williams could find herself as the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s first four-time Player of the Year honoree in history.
Off the court, Williams was crowned Miss Atlantic High School for the 2012-2013 school year and has been “actively making appearances and volunteering to speak with youth at local elementary and middle schools” according to a website in her name operated by her uncle.
Playing basketball should come naturally to Williams, as her dad Rodney suited up for the Gators his first two collegiate seasons and her mom Sherri played at Orlando Jones High.
Williams announced her decision to sign with Florida at a pep rally inside Atlantic High School’s gym on November 14.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Charles King mentioned, “Ronni Williams widely considered among best in country” in his Preseason Girls Basketball Super 16 area team rankings when mentioning Port Orange Atlantic on Nov. 11, 2012.
In the 2012 All-Central Florida Girls Basketball Team, Williams was on the five-player first team, joining current Gator freshman January Miller, who earned the award following her senior year at Orlando University.
Florida Women’s Basketball Signee
Ronni Williams * Forward * 6-2 * Daytona Beach, Fla. * Atlantic High School
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