According to an e-mail message I received last night from his mother, Tuckahoe senior Sky Williams will play basketball at Manhattan College.
The Tigers’ all-time leading scorer led the section in scoring, averaging 27.8 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.8 steals per game. He helped Tuckahoe finish 25-0 and win just the second state championship in program history — its first in 31 years.
Along the way, Manhattan was the most aggressive pursuer among Division I schools. Although Williams will attend Manhattan as a preferred walk-on, he expects to have an opportunity to earn a scholarship.
“They really wanted me,” he said.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard, visited Manhattan and worked out at Draddy Gymnasium this spring. It gave him the confidence to believe he could play at that level.
“They’re a fast-tempo team and I like playing at a fast tempo,” he said. “I worked out with the team and I got to see its style of play. I think I’m really going to like it.”
It’s a dream realized for Williams, who not only coveted a chance a Division I school, but who grew up in the shadow of Manhattan’s Riverdale campus before his family moved to Tuckahoe. He attended basketball camp there as a kid when Bobby Gonzalez coached the Jaspers.
“When I was little, I always looked up to the players at the camp. I always wanted to be one of them,” said Williams, who lived in Riverdale until he was 8. “It’s a funny coincidence that I’m going to Manhattan now.”