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Former UW b-ball standout goes for fundamentals, not flash
Jamaal Williams knows how to step up when it counts. Huskies fans remember his last college game where he scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds and four steals in UW’s exciting Sweet Sixteen run in 2006.
After playing professional basketball for several years overseas, Jamaal recently joined the Bellevue Club coaching staff and is excited about working with the next generation of players.
“I always knew I would go into coaching. I love seeing kids progress and gain confidence,” he says. Jamaal isn’t shy about sharing the secret to competing at a high level. Hint: it has more to do with hard work than flashy moves.
“Everybody is into trying to dunk and do all that fancy stuff, but you have to do the fundamentals everyday—shooting, ball handling and footwork,” he says. “If you work hard and hit your shots, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make any team. It’s the simple things coaches look for.”
Throughout his playing career, Jamaal had an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time and scoring against much taller opponents. At the Bellevue Club, Jamaal teaches private basketball lessons where he works with players of all ages and ability levels to improve their game. Whether preparing for division one or recreation league, Jamaal’s coaching is the perfect way for any player looking to fine-tune their skills and build confidence both on and off the court.
“Every time you made a commitment toward a goal, you’re going to get something out of it. It’s like putting money in the bank. You’re only going to get out of life what you put into it,” he says.
Contact Recreation Director Katie Anderson at 688.3102 to schedule a private basketball lesson for your player or team. More information can be found here.