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Williams picks Jacksonville State hoops

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If Brian Williams was considered a borderline Division I basketball prospect before the 2009-10 high school season, his work for Central Gwinnett during it should have solidified his status.

It was enough to convince Jacksonville (Ala.) State's coaching staff to offer him a scholarship, which the 6-foot-3 senior guard accepted by signing a national letter of intent earlier this week.

Williams was first-team All-County selection by the Daily Post and was named Gwinnett County Boys Player of the Year by the Gwinnett Tipoff Club. He averaged 15.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game in leading the Black Knights (29-3) to the Region 8-AAAAA championship, as well as their first state Final Four appearance since 2002.

"We are pleased to add such a winner in Brian to our basketball program," Jacksonville State coach James Green said in a statement released by the university Friday. "He is a student-athlete that will grow with us and us with him."