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SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES–Kentton Williams signed his letter of intent to play for Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Levelland High School library Monday. Pictured form left to right are: Tina Williams, Donald Williams, Kentton Williams with a picture of his nephew Trevor Williams and SAGU Head Coach Donnie Bostwick. (Staff Photo by Joshua Landrum)

Levelland Lobo basketball player Kentton Williams signed his letter of intent to play for Southwestern Assemblies of God University Monday in the Levelland High School library. Williams developed his love for basketball while he passed the time during the baseball off season.

"I have been playing basketball since I was ten years old," said Williams. "I was in love with baseball as a kid, so basketball was something to pass the time until baseball season started again."

"My growth spurt between eighth and ninth is what made me consider taking basketball a little more seriously," he added.

Williams talked about how his mother has been the biggest influence in his life on and off the court.

"My mother has been the biggest influence in my life," stated Williams.

"All the sacrifices she has made to get me where I am today means the world to me," he continued. "She is a strong open hearted woman who pushes me every day."

"My mom, my family and my passion to win are what motivate me to be the best player I can be," he added.

"The support my family has shown means a lot to me, and lets me know how much they really cared," said Williams.

"I now know how far my family would go to see me succeed. They have always told me, no matter what school I choose, they will always be there," he explained.

"So, I know once the season kicks off in the fall I can expect to see those guys in the stands cheering me on and motivating me to be the best player I can be," Williams added.

Williams explained he had one goal this season, and it was a team goal he felt could be accomplished.

"Coming into this season I had one goal on my mind, and that was make it further then we did last year," Williams stated.

"Watching Cameron steal the ball at the end of the Abilene Wylie game and seeing everyone rush onto the floor is probably one of my best memories," he said.

"Being one of the leaders on this team has been great, but i could not have accomplished the things I did without great teammates," he added.

"I wanted to take this team as far as possible, but I also wanted those guys to know we could beat anyone and make it to state, as long as we played together as a team," he continued.

"Playing in the state tournament was an awesome experience, even though it was not the outcome we expected," he explained.

"When I stepped on the court and saw all those people who made the trip to watch us, I was amazed," he added.

Williams had several offers from colleges after the Lobos appearance at the state tournament, but he felt Southwestern Assemblies of God University was the best fit for him.

"Coach Bostwick seemed really interested and was constantly checking on me. The players would send me texts too. It is a good feeling knowing that someone really wanted me," Willaims said.

On my visit, Coach Bostwick was telling me stories about some of his former players and he seemed to really care about those guys. I thought it would be a blessing for me to be a part of his program," Williams stated.

Outside of basketball, Williams is a normal teenager who likes to just spend time with his friends or family.

"Man I like to just relax and hang with my friends or my family," he said.

Levelland head coach Jeff Bontrager gave his thoughts on Williams’ high school career and what he expects to see out of Williams at the next level.

"I am extremely proud and happy for him," said Jeff Bontrager, Lobo Head Coach. "He has given a lot to the game so it is good to see the game give something back."

"I have been tied to Kentton since he was in junior high," Bontrager continued. "To see him grow physically and mentally has been fun."

"It is fun to watch a young player evolve on and off of the court," Bontrager stated.

"It is great to develop a relationship that goes way beyond more then just basketball," said the coach.

"I think Kentton has been really good for us the last few years, but he still has a lot of upside," he added.

"There is so much more he can learn at the collegiate level and his game is developing," he stated.

"The potential he has as a player is really exciting," Bontrager said.


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