The Rutherford Ram basketball team is a guarantee to make a deep run in the play-offs year after year. This year, no different, as the Rams are led by a veteran squad, and a very talented Senior point guard in Kiki Williamson.
Watching Kiki on the floor is like watching a human highlight reel- from lights out defense, to no look passes, to seemingly doing the impossible- there's no doubt, the senior point guard puts on a show every game.
"He's one of the most talented players I've ever coached," says Ram Head Coach Rhondie Ross. "He's very explosive. Quite frankly, he's fun to watch."
It's also fun for Rutherford fans- as the Rams boast a 17-3 record so far this season, thanks in part to Kiki's 11 points and 5 assists per game.
"There's nothing that they can throw at us that he hasn't seen," says Coach Ross. "He's a four year player for us. He's been vital to our success- especially this year."
"As a point guard, he's always going to count on me," says Kiki. "Now he's counting on all the seniors to come together to talk to everybody to come together and win."
But Kiki's not just influencing the younger guys with his skills on the court- as he also boasts a 3.0 GPA with a tough course load.
"Of course my dad has influenced me a lot," laughs Kiki. "He's always on top of me- study, study, study all the time. My dad always told me no matter what happens with basketball, you can always have your degree in school."
Like his success in the books- Kiki's hoping to mirror that success on the court this season.
"Of course we want to make it to state," he says. "We're just going to have to see where this defense and high tempo offense takes us."
"It's not a coaches job to teach the culture of a program- it's the upperclassman," says Coach Ross. "They must teach the younger kids. It's my job to get in here and coach them, but I can't teach them the culture. That's up to the upperclassmen, and he's done a great job of that."
"As a Senior, I'm always a role model to the younger players," says Kiki. "I let them know, come to practice and work hard everyday. Don't have the mindset like aw, we gotta come to practice today- just come do it."
With that mindset and those postseason goals on the horizon, Kiki's hoping to add a little more to his own highlight reel this season. Kiki has received several offers from JUCO schools to play basketball, but says he's weighing his options, and taking his time to reach a decision. He says no matter where he ends up, he'll study business.