Former Marietta standout coming back for camp
by Carlton D. White
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Ezra Williams, a former Georgia standout and a key member of Marietta’s 1999 Class AAAA state championship team, will host a shooting and skills camp at his high school alma mater from June 3-7.

Williams was one of the top 50 players in the nation coming out of high school after leading the Blue Devils to the state title. He signed with Georgia, where he averaged 12 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore. During his junior season with the Bulldogs, Williams averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, also setting a single-season school record for 3-point field goals made with 93.

As a senior, Williams averaged 16.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, ranking fifth in the Southeastern Conference in scoring and 3-point field goal percentage, and first in 3-pointers made. He concluded his college career with 1,349 points and ranked as the 14th all-time leading scorer in school history.

A two-time second-team all-Southeastern Conference selection, Williams has played professionally for 10 years. His best season came in 2004-05, when he averaged a team-high 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28 games for the Great Lakes Storm of the minor league Continental Basketball Association.

The 32-year-old Williams also spent time in the NBA Developmental League and in training camps with the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and New Orleans Hornets

“This is the first year of the camp,” Williams said. “I’ve been helping out at Georgia with their camp for the past three to four years and decided to put that knowledge together here in Marietta.

“At the camp, I learned how they put together their itinerary and discovered the ins and outs of making it run well. It was a good experience, and former Marietta players should be able to help at my camp.”

The camp schedule will begin with stretching at 9 a.m., followed by stations that include ball-handling, passing, defensive stances and rebounding. Free-throw shooting, skills contests and games are also a part of the camp experience, and lunch will be provided.

“I’ve partnered with the Hawks, and we’ve put together a package for every camper,” Williams said. “Each camper will get an official camp T-shirt and a free ticket to attend the Hawks’ summer camp game night.

“Campers will also be able to earn a certificate for running through an official NBA skills challenge course and get a draft-day photo taken wearing an NBA hat with an NBA backdrop.”

Cost for each player — boys rising into grades 6-12 next year — is $125. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Camp instructors will include former college and professional players, as well as former high school players currently playing at the collegiate level.

For more information, email treamarkworld@yahoo.com or visit www.ezrawilliamsbasketball.com.
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