Morgan William: Gillom Trophy Finalist

Morgan William
Staff Writer

It’s nice to have the luxury of two players of 6-5 in the lineup for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Coach Vic Schaefer poses the two biggest centers in the Southeastern Conference with Teaira McCowan and Chinwe Okorie and they’ve been key to MSU’s record-breaking season this year.
The heart and soul of the team, though, stand 5-5 and runs the point.
As a junior Morgan William has already established herself as one of the top Bulldog point guards of all time and eclipsed 1,000 points in the Southeastern Conference Championship game on Sunday.
While the point total is special, William handles so many other things on the floor when it comes to helping the team compete for a championship.
“The kid has so much responsibility,” Schaefer said. “I think she’s earned the respect across the country from lots of publications and lots of analysts and lots of coaches. They just think the world of her as one of the best point guards in the country and what an honor and compliment to her.”
This season William has been outstanding once again. On her way to second-team All-SEC honors, she was second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game, has racked up 154 assists to just 71 turnovers and is automatic from the free-throw line where she’s knocked down 123-147 (84 percent).
She’s currently moved into fourth place in MSU history with 444 assists in her three-year career and is just 19 away from the record.
While her play on the court looks like it all comes easy, William has had to work to be as good as she is.
Take away the fact that she’s always the smallest player on the floor, her demeanor is laid back, humble and, at times, timid. Schaefer has been able to get the Birmingham native to take charge of situations and help control the game on her own.
“We had a good visit (last week) in the office," Schaefer said. "I know it’s hard and difficult and sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone. We all know she is a little bit shy and not a big yeller. I told her that you only have four to deal with and only have four to get in the right position and your area to do it in is a whole lot smaller, but that’s the piece she has to get more comfortable with."
William helped the Bulldogs achieve their second-straight trip to the SEC Tournament championship game thanks to a phenomenal effort of 47 points in three games with 13 assists. It was good enough to earn her a spot on the All-Tournament team with four of the best players in the conference.