Thursday, May 20, 2010

The next episode - William and Mary's Victoria Willems

Getting to know the incoming freshman on the women's college basketball teams in Virginia for the 2010-11 season - and what they're doing this summer to enhance their chances of making an impact right away.

Victoria Willems, William and Mary
6-2 G/F, MacArthur High (San Antonio, Texas)
Helped MacArthur to a 24-9 record and co-championship of the 26-5A District

Why we like Victoria
1. Can't stop chuckling about Willems' high school team's nickname - Lady Brahmas. "Isn't that funny?" coach Jennifer Meador said. "We're cows."
2. Academically, Willems has a 101 average. Not exactly sure what that means, but we always thought 100 was perfect. So does that mean Willems is...a little better than perfect? OK, she doesn't need that kind of pressure. Let's just say this is one smart kid. kid, William and Mary...we're not exactly breaking news here.
3. Willems played in the post at MacArthur but is more naturally suited for the perimeter and should see a lot more time there in college. "She has a lot of room for growth," Meador said.

Why Tribe fans will like Victoria
“She's versatile. She can play under the basket and shoot the 3. She runs the floor well; her game improves every time I see her. She's a great kid." - William and Mary coach Debbie Taylor

What Victoria is doing this summer to get ready for the 2010-11 season:
"I am currently working with the (WNBA's San Antonio) Silver Stars strength and conditioning coach three times a week. I am also working out with other signed seniors from San Antonio, to stay in shape. I work out twice a week with a skills coach, and I plan to go to a strength and conditioning camp this summer that is every weekday in the morning for the months of June and July."

Wanna be next?
A big shout out to all of you incoming freshmen ballers who have responded to our question (woot, woot!); your feature will be up soon. Those that haven't gotten around to it yet (what up with that?), there's still time. And if we haven't been able to reach you, reach us. Drop us a note about what you're doing this summer to prepare for the upcoming season. And keep checking out Ladyswish!

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