By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Talkin’ hoops with Reggie Williams
His performance earned him a Gatorade call-up to the Golden State Warriors. The organization was so impressed with him that they immediately signed him for the 2010-11 season.
“After I was signed by the Warriors they flew me to Miami for a game with the Heat”, said Williams. “The hotel room I was staying in had an incredible view of the beach. It was a great feeling to know that I finally reached my goal of making it to the NBA.”
Playing in the NBA has been a dream come true for Reggie, but he still has some great memories of Sioux Falls besides the cold weather. “I really enjoyed the camaraderie with my teammate s and living in the community of Sioux Falls. The population is similar to where I grew up,” stated Reggie.
There are some perks playing the NBA Reggie admits. Traveling in private jets and stay in five star hotels all across the country. “Now on any given night I’m going up against the same superstars that I was watching on television just a few short months ago,” added Reggie.
It isn’t by accident or luck but pure determination, sacrifice and hard work that have put him in the spotlight. He quickly offers this advice to anyone that has aspirations to play on the NBA.
“I know it sounds clichÃ© but working hard is the most important thing if you want to play in the NBA. I basically locked myself in the gym and focused on becoming an NBA player. ”
“I knew what I wanted to do so I had tunnel vision and that is how I got to where I am now. I also think it is important to play in the NBA D-League so you can stay on the radar of NBA teams.”
“After a year overseas I decided to give it a try and look where I am now,” he added.
Reggie’s personal goals for the 2010-11 season are simple.
“I would like to play in the rookie-sophomore game during NBA All-Star Weekend and compete for the Sixth Man of the Year award. I also want to help this team make the playoffs and be a team that other teams fear when they see us on the schedule.”