Cornell guard Nazir Williams named Ivy League Rookie of the Week
Man, this hits personally for me, as I’ve known this kid since the eighth grade when he was in sixth grade while we were in Nyack Middle School. Representing the 845 now is the 6-foot-3 freshman guard Nazir Williams for Cornell University who was just named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after averaging 17.5 points in a pair of contests last week which included a career-high 21 points in a win over Saint-Francis (Pa.) He didn’t just score 21 points but did it efficiently on 7-of-10 shooting from the field while also coming up with three assists, a steal, and a block.
He also scored 14 points in a game last week against Penn State shooting 66% from the field to go along with four rebounds. He was also perfect from the foul line, showing he’s a reliable shooter at the charity stripe shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. He is averaging 10.2 ppg, shooting 68% from the field, 42% from three, 81% from the foul line while also accumulating 1.7 assists per game and 1.3 rebounds in just 16 minutes per game.
Prior to Cornell Williams was a three-time all-league selection at Saint Joseph Regional High School and South Kent School, and was a first team all-county and first team All-North Jersey as a senior. He was named a North Jersey Player of the Year finalist as a senior as he guided his team to a county title.
It not only stops there for this amazing talent as he also led Saint Joseph’s to the sectional title game as a junior after averaging 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest in his final season at Saint Joseph Regional. He also showed he’s a dynamic scorer who tallied a whopping 1,143 career points throughout his illustrious high school career.
Williams is off to an amazing start to his young college career and should continue to improve and grow as his role grows with the team as the Big Red are off to a sizzling 6-1 start to the season with their next game being December 3rd vs Coppin State University at 7pm on ESPN+.