Europe Athletes of the Week: Dec. 6, 2012
Last week - Bamberg senior Terry Williams, the Barons’ fourth-year center, was dominant in two wins over rival Hohenfels in the season’s opening weekend. Williams posted 14 points and 18 rebounds Friday and 22 points and 12 rebounds Saturday, wrapping up honors as Stars and Stripes’ male Athlete of the Week. Headlining a seven-man roster, he also helped his team by avoiding foul trouble and logging heavy minutes.
Williams is a springy 6-foot-5 center with the tools to dominate offensively, defensively and on the boards. His potential has been evident before, particularly in his all-tournament performance last season in leading Bamberg to a runner-up finish.
But Barons coach Tim Smith sees something different this year.
“These were his best back-to-back games since I’ve been here,” said Smith, Williams’ coach for all four seasons. “He’s grown up a little bit and kind of taken over this year. I hope he continues, and I think he will.”
Last week - SHAPE junior Gina Rhett continues to play winning basketball.
The point guard of the defending DODDS-Europe Division II champion Spartans took the lead in a pair of victories over Brussels last weekend to get SHAPE off to a 2-0 start. Rhett scored 20 points – over half of her team’s total – in a 38-26 win Friday, and notched 16 in Saturday’s 38-18 triumph.
It seems Rhett, named the Stars and Stripes female Athlete of the Week, has a knack for getting where she wants to be on the court.
“She was able to drive well,” SHAPE head coach Dotty Thompson said. “She drove the ball well into the paint, which created shots for her off the dribble.”
Those shots went in at a fantastic clip, but Rhett is sophisticated enough as a playmaker to know when a pass is in order. That’s a skill that has improved measurably in each of Rhett’s three seasons at the helm of the SHAPE offense, Thompson said.
“Her awareness of the court has gotten better. She’s learning each player and what their capabilities are and how to fit them into our total game,” Thompson said. “She sees the whole floor, as a guard should.”