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Lauren Williams from St. John the Baptist

Lauren Williams should look into a DMV point reduction program. Zipping by defenders with that caliber of speed could qualify as a moving violation in some states.

“Lauren is excellent at attacking the rim,” said St. John the Baptist Head Coach Ted Oberg of his tenacious junior guard. And attacking is exactly what she’s become known for in the NSCHSAA – with speed. A lot of it.

“The strongest part of my game is getting to the basket,” Williams, a North Babylon native, added.

A prototype jet quick guard, Williams has no problem putting a defender on skates, but to play at the next level the arsenal must have a little more ammo. And against St. Anthony’s in the NSCHSAA semi-finals, Williams displayed areas she’s made progress while she eyes the next level.

“I worked a lot on my mid-range shot last summer,” said Williams, who plays AAU with Basketball Results during the offseason. “I really wanted to expand that part of my game.”

Williams’ newfound ability to stop and pop has made her more dangerous, and Coach Oberg likes what he sees in the shooting department.

“She’s developed a good pull-up jumper,” he observed. “And she can shoot the three as well, but she doesn’t always look to shoot it.”

Colleges have taken note, too, as Williams has received interest from Utep, St. Bonaventure, St. Joe’s (Pa.), Texas El Paso, Northwestern, Indiana and Cal, among others. But with all the improvements Williams has made and is looking to make, she cites defense as the focal point of it all.

“I’m really focused on defense now,” said Williams, who won a NSCHSAA championship with rival St. Anthony’s as a freshman. “Next year I’m not trying to leave St. John the Baptist without a championship. Defense is the key. We have a lot of young players transferring in from public schools that don’t stress defense, so we’re working on that.”

But when all comes full circle, “the sky is the limit” according to Coach Oberg.

“She’s a great player,” he added. “She just needs to get consistent.”

As Williams improves and hones her wide range of skills to their maximum potential, colleges will surely take note, as will those who face the arduous task of guarding her on a nightly basis.

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