Storm Guard to Continue College Basketball Career
DCCC's Tre Williams Signs with Claflin University
THOMASVILLE, N.C. ... Davidson County Community College Storm basketball player Tre Williams has accepted a full basketball scholarship from Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. The standout guard from Salisbury signed a scholarship agreement to play for the Panthers during a ceremony Monday afternoon in Brinkley Gym.
Head Coach Matt Ridge calls Williams the "backbone" of the program in his two years wearing a Storm uniform and a team leader who makes his teammates better.
"Not only does Tre hold himself to a high standard of excellence but he demands the same from his teammates. He leads by example and verbally," Ridge said. "He also leads us in rebounding at 5 feet, 11 inches and has helped us to win multiple championships the last two years. Claflin University is getting a big-time basketball player and an even better person."
As a sophomore, Williams is averaging 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in leading the Storm to a regular season co-championship in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region X. He was named to the First Team All-Region (Tarheel Conference), runner-up for Region X Player of the Year and was one of only two players in the region to be selected as an All-American nominee. As a freshman, he was named to the All-Tarheel Conference and Region X Freshman Second Team. DCCC's overall record during the two years Williams has played for the Storm is 54-6.
Williams, the son of Bryan and Missy Williams of Salisbury, is a graduate of Jesse C. Carson High School. During his high school career, he was named to All-County (Rowan), All-Conference and All-District teams.
"DCCC gave me the opportunity that many other colleges didn't give me, and that was to continue my career in playing basketball while giving me an education. I couldn't do this without DCCC," Williams said. "I'm blessed and honored to receive this scholarship."
Clafin University athletic teams compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The SIAC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II.
Photo: Tre Williams (second from right) signs a scholarship agreement to play for Claflin University. Also pictured are (front row, from left) Jailen Williams, Tre's younger brother, and Missy and Bryan Williams, his parents; and (second row, from left) Storm Head Coach Matt Ridge, Assistant Coach Jermon Marsh, Assistant Coach Ken McHam, Student Assistant Paul Huffines and Director of Athletics Kenneth Kirk.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.