SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —
J. J. Williams capped off his collegiate career, which started at Jacksonville College where he played for two seasons, by being named as a NAIA, Division I, All-American at Evangel University.
The Arlington, Texas native who served on the Chapel Committee and on the Student Government Association while at JC, joined team mate, Zack Kleine on the prestigious list.
Williams was selected for the honorable mention unit, while Kleine made the second team.
Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard, averaged just south of 17 points and 4.1 assists per night for the Crusaders, who call Springfield, Mo. Home.
He also averaged just over three boards a game and played in 1,105 minutes, second highest on the team.
Williams, who prepped at Lancaster High School in the Dallas area, shot 48-percent from the field and 79-percent off of the charity stripe in the 2013-14 campaign.
He was also picked for the All-Heart of America conference team (second team).
“J. J. was a special player,” JC head men's basketball coach, Jody Bailey, said. “He was a leader both on and off the court for us here at Jacksonville College.
“I said when J.J. signed with Evangel University that was an ideal fit for him and I'm happy that he was able to go up there and help them win some basketball games while continuing his Christian education.”
Evangel went 23-11 this past season and made its fifth-consecutive NAIA national tournament appearance.
The Steve Jenkins-coached Crusaders lost to Talladaga (Ala.) College, 88-71, in the first round of the national tourney.