Posted On: 10/16/18 8:45 AM

The Princeton Tigers head into the 2018-19 season with their highest expectations in a decade. The reason for that is a number of talented returning starters. The best one of the bunch might be shooting guard Adam Williams.

Williams averaged 16 points per game as a junior, knocking down better than 40 percent of his 3-pointers and spent the grassroots season playing with Minnesota Heat.

“This summer went really good for the most part,” said Williams. “We had some bumps in the road but we always said that we want to play the best basketball at the end of the season. We played pretty good in Indianapolis and in Wichita to end the year.”

Having a chance to play against that kind of high-end competition was something Williams relished.

“It’s super valuable to everyone,” Williams said. “Going to practice we all have a common goal and push each other to get better. Playing against such a high level makes high school a little easier.”

Williams’ ability to score has been proven especially over the course of the last two seasons where he’s averaged 16-18 points per night in a good conference. He showed there’s even more to his game this past summer.

“I feel like this summer I really improved my leadership by being more vocal and staying level when things went south,” Williams said. “I’ve always stuck up with my ability to shoot. I’m trying really hard to be a solid defensive player so when my team needs a stop I can do that but I’m always trying to improve everything.”

Williams has drawn quite a bit of college interest from local Division III programs including St. Johns, Gustavus and Augsburg.

Princeton won 20 games a year ago on the way to earning the No. 1 seed in Section 7AAA. With Williams along with long-tenured stars James Flicek and Jon Stimmler back, the Tigers have big expectations.

“I’m really excited for this upcoming season,” said Williams. “We bring back basically our entire team from last season and we don’t have any weak spots. We have all the pieces we need to make a run in state. We definitely have a target on our backs but we learned how to deal with that last year and are excited to show everyone Princeton basketball.”