MILLEDGEVILLE — Celebrating an illustrious career at Baldwin High, basketball coaches and family gathered in the school’s conference room Tuesday morning to take part in the signing of a National Letter of Intent for Marquise Williams.
Williams will continue his athletic career playing basketball at Florida State College at Jacksonville as a freshman this fall.
Williams competed on the Braves’ varsity basketball team beginning his sophomore season, posting impressive numbers that rank among the best in the state.
“It’s a day of jubilation,” BHS head coach Rechard Larkin said. “We’re certainly excited for Marquise, but at the same time it’s a day of reflection as well. As we stand here today, having inked a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball endeavors, it really causes me to reflect back on Marquise as a freshman. When he entered into the high school for his ninth grade year, not very strong, not very skilled at the time, and to watch him work his butt off in the manner that he has done to achieve the things that he has achieved — in really two and half years of playing varsity basketball is really amazing.”
Despite dealing with an injury during his junior year that sidelined the prep star for a better part of half the season, Williams still managed to score more than 1,100 points in his career at BHS — more than 500 of which came from his senior year.
“It’s a testament to him — it’s a testament to what he has done,” Larkin said. “Day’s like to today; although, they may shine a greater light on the program, but it’s really about the efforts and things that this kid has put forth, the numbers that he has put up that are among the elite in the state, particularly this year. Whatever he gets is because he’s earned it and he’s worked his butt off to get it.”