Donte Williams, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound center, signed with the Bulldogs late in the process, April 2, and comes from a winning program at Miller Grove.
Coach Sharman White has guided the Wolverines to back-to-back Class AAAA state titles, of which Williams was a key contributor.
Dawg Post sat down with White to discuss Williams’ potential, his fit under Mark Fox and why practicing everyday at Miller Grove made Williams better.
DP: What was like coaching Donte these past few years?
SW: It’s been absolutely wonderful, man. He’s probably one of the most coachable kids you’ll ever have. He’s a hard worker, a quick learner and he just wants to win. He wants to win at any cost. He’s just one of those guys that’s a lead-by-example guy. He’s not as vocal, but he is a guy that gets it done, and people watch him getting it done and he led by the way he gets it done.
DP: How do you see Donte fitting in under coach Mark Fox?
SW: I think it’s a great fit. I think it’s a great system. I think he’s going to be playing for a really good coach that is going to be able to utilize all his strengths. I think he’s going to do well.
DP: Do you think Donte can make an impact his first year on campus?
SW: I think that just depends on Donte, and how this summer goes. If he adds the weight and strength; if he does all that he should be able to come in and make a positive impact. At 6-foot-9 and his wingspan and his athleticism, all those things add up to things that he can utilize when he gets there if he works hard this summer and adds the weight.
DP: Did playing here at Miller Grove help Donte improve because of the amount of talent you guys threw at him in practice?
SW: Yeah because he was going against guys his size every day. It wasn’t like he was going against guys—well, you know. They made him compete, and he made them compete. It was like iron sharpening iron. Both sides got better. I think it really prepared him.