Monday, April 29, 2013
ALBANY — Shantaria Williams, the daughter of Dontonio Wingfield, who was a legend at Westover High before going on to play in the NBA, signed a letter-of-intent on Monday to accept a basketball scholarship to East Georgia State.
Williams was a three-year starter at Westover and was part of the Lady Patriots’ success during a three-year stretch when Westover was a state powerhouse. The Lady Patriots won two region titles while she was there and advanced to the Elite 8 when Williams was a sophomore.
“She played some as a freshman and was a four-year letterman,’’ Westover girls basketball coach Lewis Smith said. “She started three years at the center position, and she did a great job. She was the second best rebounder I’ve ever had.’’
Williams had an impact on the team even as a sophomore, and Smith said she fit right and was a complement to the other players on the team.
“She was a finisher,’’ he said. “She’s a great rebounder and defensive specialist. She came in and fit right into (the system). She doesn’t have to see something done over and over. When she sees it, she’s got it.’’
Williams, a 5-10 power-forward, said she liked East Georgia State right away and really didn’t look at any other schools.
“I really didn’t (look at anyone else),’’ she said. “When I went there for my visit I liked everything about it. I liked the campus. I liked the coach and the players. I liked everything.’’
Williams, who has a 3.2 GPA, plans to major in criminal justice.