Clemson commit Malik William didn’t score many points for The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.) in its game against Holy Trinity (Melbourne, Fla.) last Friday, but he did everything else to help his team win.
The four-star power forward blocked 16 shots, grabbed 14 rebounds and added seven assists with two steals and five points in an 81-52 victory.
The 16 blocks set a school record.
“It felt good because it let people know that the game of basketball is not all about scoring the most points,” William told The Clemson Insider. “It shows people that you don’t have to score 20 to 30 points a game just to win. Sometimes you have to do the little stuff to win games.”
In a win over Olympia (Orlando) two games earlier, William posted a triple-double with 18 points, 14 board and 10 blocks.
William feels good about the way his senior season has gone to this point.
“Getting those numbers really show me how much better a player I am getting,” William said. “From freshman year, I wasn’t doing too well, but every year I kept getting better and better. So seeing that really show me I’m a whole different person now.”
William committed to Clemson in July. He last visited on Sept. 19 and plans to return sometime this month.
“I’m looking forward to having a great bond with my teammates and coaches,” he said.
William has been keeping up with Clemson’s basketball season as he prepares to join the team next season.
“I’ve been watching them play, and they have been playing really good,” William said. “So now I’m just taking mental notes on what I need to do to win games for Clemson.”
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