Monarchs Land North Carolina Athlete of the Year

May 07, 2003
By ODU Athletics

May 7, 2003

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced that 5-11, guard Drew Williamson (Burlington, NC.) of Cummings High School, the 2003 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Male Athlete of the Year in the State of North Carolina has signed a letter-of-intent to play at ODU next season. Williamson competed in four state title games, winning three.

The two sport star joins 6-7 froward Valdas Vasylius (Klaipeda, Lithuania) of Norfolk Collegiate High School; 6-8 forward Arnaud Dahi (Ivory Coast) Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ.; 6-4 guard Brian Henderson (Richmond, VA. ) of Varina High School; and 6-3 guard Abdi Lidonde (Sutton, MA.) from St. Andrews High School as Monarch recruits for the 2003-04 season.

Williamson averaged 18.3 points and 5.1 assists for Cummings High School. He completed his career with over 2,000 career points, 350 assists and 200 steals. Williamson was the MVP of the Class 2-A basketball final in 2002. He helped lead Cummings to two state basketball championships, and was twice runner-up for 2-A Player of the Year. This past season, Cummings reached the state semi-finals.

Williamson passed for 3,118 yards and 38 touchdowns last season. He helped Cummings capture the state football title as a was named 2-A Player of the Year. His career passing totals of 9,736 yards ranks third all-time in North Carolina State High School history. He also threw for 116 career touchdowns. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Williamson is the son of Ron and Vera Williamson. "Drew is a leader, and most of all he is a winner," said Cummings High School coach George Robinson. "Drew is not your typical point guard. He can take the ball to the basket and can score. He will be another coach on the floor."

"We are thrilled that Drew has chosen to be the last piece of what we believe to be a recruiting class that will really push this programs prospects upward, not only next year, but beyond," said Taylor. "Drew brings tremendous qualities to the competitive setting, to the team, and to the program. As we aspire to become even more competitive, proven winners are very valuable to add to the equation. Our staff is almost giddy in anticipation of taking this group to the practice court next year. We have a situation where healthy competition will be the order of the day. And as day's add up, we will have a lot of different kids who can contribute in different ways. "

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