Salukis add transfer guard Shemera Williams

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CARBONDALE,Ill. — Southern Illinois University women’s basketball coach Kelly Bond-White announced that the program has added former University of Southern California transfer guard Shemera Williams.

“Finally our ’22 class is complete!” Bond-White said. “We’ve been grinding since April and to have all our young ladies on campus and in class. Our staff actually left the office in daylight Thursday!”

“The quote I got from one scouting service was ‘Man coach, you can’t even get in the game with Shemera. Coach that one, you have no business recruiting, she’s going P5.'”

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Williams comes to Carbondale after spending the 2020-2021 season with the Trojans.

“(It) was the right fit because I believe this is a Sisterhood,” Williams said. “The program will help me achieve beyond school.”

Bond-White agreed with her new guard’s sentiment. 

“The game is changing and young folk are realizing their talent and gifts can shine as long as a program is making investments and has the the support of its University,” she said. “Our administration at the executive, academic, and athletic level knows our young ladies’ names and actively engages with them. Families and prospective student athletes see this. This SIU experience is just different!”

Williams spent the 2019-2020 with Virginia, where she appeared in 21 games with two starts as a true freshman. She ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.9 points per game, while adding 2.6 rebounds per game with 44 assists and 30 steals. Williams also was named ACC Freshman of the Week twice during the season. 

Williams was ranked the No. 54 recruit in the country by ESPN and the 13th-ranked point guard out of Milwaukee Academy of Science. Williams was a two-time USA Today Wisconsin Player of the Year, was selected 2019 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year, and led the nation in scoring her junior season, averaging 39.9 points per game. 

“We are trying to build a roster where any given night different impact players can emerge on both sides of the ball,” Bond-White said. “Shemera’s liked that! She knows she doesn’t have to carry the load. She gives us potentially one of the quickest backcourts in the country. She is a three level scorer, with an uncanny ability to find the open teammate. Active hands on defense allow her to get deflections and steals, resulting in more possessions for our offense.”

During her final season at Milwaukee Academy of Science, she averaged 32.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 4.5 steals per game. Williams currently stands as the No. 2 all-time scorer in Wisconsin girl’s high school history with 3,120 career points.

Williams has several goals while at SIU, with winning being top on her list. She also has personal goals, but understands the more her and her teammates buy into the team’s philosophy or values, the more successful they can all be.

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