Scoring comes easy for Williamson

Freshman adds to Louisville's list of scorers
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Scoring comes natural for Samuell Williamson.

The freshman for Louisville men’s basketball proved his ability to score in high school. He averaged 25 points as a senior at Rockwall High School in Texas and became a McDonald’s All-American. Williamson was ranked the 15 best recruit in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.com and 19 by Rivals.com.

When Chris Mack took the head coaching position at Louisville in March 2018, assistant coach Luke Murray texted Williamson about coming to Louisville. Mack and Murray had recruited Williamson during their time at Xavier and wanted to 6-foot-7 wing to follow them to Louisville.

Williamson wasn’t drawn to Louisville because he thought it would be easy.

“They told me they were going to coach me hard, that’s what I wanted,” Williamson said. “I didn’t want to go to a school where a coach was going to let me do whatever I wanted. I wanted to go somewhere and be coached really hard so I can improve every day.”

Williamson considers himself a hard worker, so the combination with a coaching staff that pushes him fit well.

“I work really hard on my game, all types of things, inside game, outside game, ball handling,” Williamson said. “I have always let the game come to me. I never have forced anything. I like to play within the flow of the game, in the flow of the system.”

The offensive system has fit well with Williamson’s style of play. He likes the freedom he has within the structure of the offense.

Mack sees Williamson’s confidence on the offensive side of the floor. The coach thinks Williamson is a naturally gifted scorer.

He really understands how to use his size,” Mack said. “He is not the fastest guy in the world. He doesn’t blow you away with his athleticism, but he does not get sped up. He gets to his spots. He has a soft touch.”

Williamson had 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting in 31 minutes in Louisville’s exhibition against Bellarmine University Oct. 29.

He can score from the perimeter and find ways to create open mid-range jumpers. Williamson showed confidence in driving the ball into the lane in the annual Red/White scrimmage, finishing in the paint with floaters.

Williamson can help supplement a scoring attack that includes Jordan Nwora, the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year, Steven Enoch and Dwayne Sutton.

“Sam is an offensive powerhouse,” senior Ryan McMahon said. “He can move to a spot and rise above a defense like the best of them.”