Romin Williams: Uncontainable and unwilling to yield

Feature photo courtesy of the Williams family.

When Romin Williams takes the floor, it is easy to see how he is one of the top point guards in Louisiana. The 5-foot-10-inch guard from New Orleans, Louisiana plays fast and can make everyone around him better.

Williams started playing when he was around five years old. His father, Je Williams, took him to the park to practice shooting. When his father saw Williams’s talent, he father created an AAU team. He played for that team every year until last summer when he started playing for the Louisiana Elite.

The Louisiana Elite features Louisiana’s top high school basketball recruits including Madison Prep’s Josh Anderson and Breaux Bridge’s Galen Alexander. Playing on this team gives Williams great experience, but it also requires him to change his play style.

“When playing for my AAU team, there are a lot of great players so I don’t need to score as much,” Williams said. “I can play pass-first and create plays for people, but I am one of the go-to guys on Country Day so I will do whatever my coach needs me to do.”

Even though his father introduced Williams to basketball, the person who deserves praise for his development is Ivan Jasper. Jasper has been Williams’ trainer and mentor since they met in a park when Williams was seven.

“He helped me in one workout then and has helped me ever since,” Williams said. “He has been like an uncle to me, my family outside my real family. Everything I’ve learned and done has come from him.”

Jasper molded Williams into one of the best young point guards in Louisiana. Williams is a guard who can do it all. He plays fast, gets to the rim and makes good decisions. Williams is also a great leader, defender and, overall, a good team player.

Williams started playing varsity basketball in 8th grade and led Country Day to a state title that same year. Country Day also won a state title against Madison Prep one year later with Williams at the helm. They eventually lost to Madison Prep in his 10th grade in the state semifinals.

At only 5’10, Williams calls his size a disadvantage, but that in no way makes him a worse point guard.

“If I am up against a bigger guard, I can use my IQ to flop or wall off,” Williams said, “My explosiveness wills off any weakness my size brings.”

Along with his explosiveness, Williams calls his quickness his biggest strength.

“I can open up the court,” Williams said, “I know I can always get past whoever is guarding me and score or set something up for my teammates.”

Williams says one area for improvement is his attention to detail.

“Finding a way to get involved without the ball is something I can definitely get better at and is something to work on,” Williams said. “I want to get involved on every play.”

Williams is already off to a great start in his 11th grade campaign, averaging 23 points per game. His team also won the Newman Invitational Tournament, while he averaged 26 points and 6 points per game in the tournament.

“It is starting to look like one of those special years.” Williams said after winning the NIT and picking up interest from the University of Maryland and University of Missouri.

Maryland and Missouri aren’t the only schools interested in Williams. South Alabama, Ole Miss, UCF, Texas State, Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee State, LSU and Louisiana Tech have shown interest, as well.

Williams already received an offer from University of New Orleans with South Alabama likely to follow. Williams expects it to pick up soon now that the season in full swing.

As for a frontrunner, Williams does not have one right now.

“There is no frontrunner right now, I am just keeping all my options open until next November,” Williams said.

This seems like a smart move for Williams, as his stock continues to rise. He is off to a great start to his 2015 campaign and expects nothing less than a state title this year.

“That is always the goal,” Williams said. “We are likely to play Madison Prep again this year. There is definitely a rivalry forming with [Madison Prep], when you are consistently two of the top teams in the state it is bound to happen.”

Even though he does not know where he wants to attend college, Williams does know what he is looking for in one.

“I am looking for two things,” Williams said. “One being a good school where I can get a good degree in either business or chemical engineering and the other being a good fit where I can battle for playing time and fit right in.”