Upstate Senior Guard Important In Team's Run

Upstate Senior Guard Important In Team's Run

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a detailed look at the individual game and past season progress of a senior guard prospect who helped keep his team's season alive ...

Taijay Williams, a 5-foot-10, 163-pound guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, is a reason why his basketball team continues to compete, according to NFHS second-year head coach, Sal Costantino.

Taijay was clutch for his team, leading a second-quarter comeback, scoring 17 points for NFHS to lead them past Lockport in the Class AA quarterfinals.

Previously, iIn his biggest regular season game of the 2011-2012 season, Williams ripped off 27 points in a loss to Bishop Kearney High School. Taijay also connected for five three-pointers, showing his perimeter skills, too.

Williams is averaging 11 points and eight assists. He recently picked up a scholarship offer from division two basketball program, Mansfield in Pennsylvania.

A LOOK AT TAIJAY WILLIAMS' INDIVIDUAL GAME AND HIS RECENT PROGRESS OVER THE SUMMER AND FALL:

Williams had a terrific team camp at the University of Buffalo. He averaged 13 points a game and also had seven assists per contest.

Niagara Falls High School did lose in the championship game to Henninger High School of Syracuse. Taijay had his best game though of the tournament, scoring 21 points in the loss.

Previously, Williams also had a solid team camp at Canisius team camp. Taijay averaged 14 points a game as Niagara Falls High School won five of its six contests.

In addition, Taijay averaged 16 points a game at the Niagara PAL team camp held two weekends ago. Niagara Falls finished up 3-1.

Taijay averaged over 11 points per contest his past high school basketball season for first-year head coach Sal Costantino, whose team went deep into the playoffs.

Last season, Taijay scored 18 points and handed out seven assists to showcase a much improved skill set from the backcourt position, leading to a victory for Niagara Falls High School early in the season.

He also helped engineer a victory over Kenmore East by scoring 13 points and handing out six assists.

SOME OF TAIJAY WILLIAMS' BEST GAMES LAST SEASON:

Taijay ran off 15 points and had seven steals in a victory over Grand Island High School.

Against a formidable state contender, Jamestown High School, Taijay scored 18 points and had five assists in the victory. He was named the game's most valuable player.

Later in the year, Jamestown eliminated Niagara Falls High School in a playoff game.

WHAT SECOND YEAR HEAD COACH SAL COSTANTINO THINKS OF TAIJAY WILLIAMS' INDIVIDUAL GAME:

"He is a junior point guard who can do several things well on the court," said Costantino. "He is a player who provides a scoring touch on the offensive side.

Several programs have shown interest during the past year but hadn't offered, including St. Peter's, Quinnipiac, Monmouth, St. Francis of NY, Wagner, Canisius, Fordham, Fairfield, and Siena.

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