Battery Creek’s Adonis Williams signs to play at USC-Salkehatchie
4-year starter helped Dolphins to 72 victories during his time on campus
Battery Creek guard Adonis Williams, who helped the Dolphins to 72 wins in his four years, will continue his career after signing a letter-of-intent to play for USC-Salkehatchie.
Williams, a four-year starter, averaged 13 points and three assists this season as the Dolphins (20-7) reached the second round of the Class 2-A playoffs before a 61-57 loss to eventual state finalist Timberland.
“I’m definitely going to miss him, as a player and as a person,” Battery Creek coach Antoine Youmans said. “I always tell my players that four-year journey in high school is short, take advantage of it. Adonis took advantage of it.”
Williams was an integral part of Youmans’ system from the moment he set foot on campus. Battery Creek had won just four games the previous year, with no point guard to get the Dolphins into their offense.
“When he got to ninth grade, I brought him straight to varsity,” Youmans said. “That first game against Whale Branch, his focus did not falter in the intensity of that (rivalry) game. He had a steady hand for us all year.”
The Dolphins went 13-10 that year, following with at least 17 wins each of the past three years. The arrival of Markell Smalls also allowed Youmans to run sets through either player, allowing Williams to evolve into a combo guard.
BY JEFF SHAIN