By Colin Shields
Nineteen. That’s the amount of points Hutchinson Community College freshman Mya Williams has scored per Jayhawk Conference game this season.
In arguably the best league in the NJCAA, the freshman guard from Waxahachie, Texas has emerged as the primary scorer for the Blue Dragons. Williams leads the conference in scoring with 539 points, while also owning the fourth-best mark from beyond the 3-point arc.
This success has earned Williams three of the 14 conference player-of-the-week honors this season. They have come in weeks five, 10 and 12.
A large part of Williams’ success can be attributed to her play style.
“She’s very unselfish, she is a kid that plays within the system, scores within the offense, and she’s just a winner,” said HutchCC coach John Ontjes. “She loves competing, she’s having an unbelievable year, she has good teammates around her that find her, and that’s helped her to an exceptional freshman season.”
Williams traces her immediate impact back in Kansas to her Texas roots.
“I would say, just growing up playing against boys that were physical, playing in Texas, I’m used to this rigid schedule so (playing) like 30 or more games, I’m used to playing this much and staying consistent,” White said.
While putting up flashy offensive numbers, Williams has also improved on the other side of the court.
“I think there’s been improvement more defensively than offensively,” Ontjes said. “She’s starting to play well on both ends of the court, and that was a struggle for her earlier in the year, but she’s really become a better defender.”
While her goals of winning a conference and national title are clear, there is another one she has in mind for the distant future.
“I’m just trying to get to the next level, I’m trying to go prove that I’m one of the best,” Williams said when asked about her future.
While she does not have any certain schools in mind at the moment, her goal is to receive a full-ride scholarship to a NCAA Division 1 school, if the right situation presents itself.