UConn women’s basketball class of 2018 signee Christyn Williams has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She was surprised with the award by Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle-Donne during a morning workout on Saturday, March 24.
The Little Rock, Arkansas native has also been named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School Player of the Year, the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year, and Morgan Wootten Player of the Year. She will play in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Last season, Williams average 26.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game and led her team to a 36-1 record and an Arkansas Class 4a state championship. In addition to her prowess on the basketball court, Williams has a 3.48 GPA in the classroom.
Williams is the No. 1 recruit in the country according to ESPN. She will join the Huskies next season along with Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a forward rated as ESPN’s fifth-best recruit.
Including Williams, UConn has now seen six Gatorade Players of the Year come through its doors in current members Megan Walker and Katie Lou Samuelson along with Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Maya Moore and Tina Charles.