KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In only his second season with the Midland University men’s basketball team, Fremont High School graduate Ryan Williams is making an impact.
The 2016 Nebraska Super State honoree was recognized Tuesday as the NAIA Division II Player of the Week for Nov. 20-26. It is the first time that the sophomore forward has won the national award. He is the first Midland player to capture the honor since guard Jesse Jones did during the 2015-16 season.
“This a great honor for Ryan and our program,” Midland head coach Oliver Drake said. “Our guys understand that team success leads to individual accolades and Ryan had a big-time week for us. We challenged Ryan going into this season and he has certainly accepted that challenge thus far.”
Williams averaged 22.7 points per game and shot about 60 percent from the field in helping the Warriors compile a 3-0 record.
Against No. 10th ranked Dakota Wesleyan in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game Nov. 21, he scored 24 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 77-75 MU win. In a 95-71 blowout of Haskell Indian Nations on Saturday in the Draemel Classic, Williams had 18 points and nine rebounds in just nine minutes of action.
On Sunday, Williams recorded his second double-double of the year going for 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors’ 88-77 win over fourth-ranked Bellevue. Williams had eight points during a 16-0 run early in the second half that gave the Warriors the momentum.
This season he has been the team leader in points (18.9), rebounds (6.7) and steals (1.1). His scoring average is fifth best in the GPAC. He ranks also 27th nationally with 25 3-point field goals.