A Strong Start For Rhode Island College’s Kamari Williams

By: Kamran Alemdar, RIC Athletic Media Relations


PROVIDENCE, RI - Freshman guard Kamari Williams has been a thriving force for the young Rhode Island College men’s basketball team, as he has emerged not only as the prime rookie in the Little East Conference (LEC), but one of the most feared offensive threats in the league.


The Springfield, MA native has already been named LEC rookie of the week on four separate occasions, and if the start of this season is any indication of how his college career will evolve, Williams is looking at a successful and accomplished future at RIC. Williams is second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game, while also contributing a team-high 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. He has been the starting point guard for the Anchormen in 12 out of their first 18 games, playing an average of 23.7 minutes per contest. “I am happy that I have been able to contribute to the team right away,” Williams says. “As a team we have been doing ok so far, but we are constantly getting better and we keep gelling as we get deeper into the season.” Williams said.


Prior to RIC, Williams played for Springfield powerhouse, Cathedral High School, where as a junior, he led his team to a sectional title, and the following year went on to win a state championship as a senior. Williams was heavily recruited out of high school, as well as the following year, which he spent playing basketball at Suffield Academy Prep School.


“It is great for the Rhode Island College basketball program to be able to attract a player, who was as highly recruited as Kamari was,” RIC Head Coach Michael Kelly said.


The freshman point guard’s versatile ability to both score and pass the basketball is what drew the RIC coaching staff’s attention to Williams. “Kamari’s explosiveness made him stand out at both the high school, as well as at the prep school level, and this made him very hard to defend,” Kelly said.


Williams believes that the pleasant atmosphere, as well as, the young and enthusiastic coaches attracted him to RIC. He felt that it was a good place to get established both on an academic level as well as on a basketball level. “RIC has as a great atmosphere with everyone being very friendly and helpful. Also, professors are always available, which makes it easier to get ahead in the classroom,” Williams said.


The Anchormen’s overall record is currently 7-11, and 4-4 in the LEC, and they will look to improve their conference record to 5-4 on Saturday, January 30, as they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University to take on the Warriors. Williams along with the rest of his teammates hope to finish the conference strong in order to insure a home court advantage for the first round of the LEC tournament.