Leon Williams has come a long way since his early basketball days at Kenwood High in Baltimore County.
He achieved All-Metro first-team honors from The Sun his senior year at Gibbons after transferring there his junior year, setting the stage for an improbable breakout freshman season this year at Ohio.
Williams leads the Bobcats in rebounding (8.8 average), is second in scoring (11.6), third in steals (14) and blocks (five) and is shooting 65.5 percent. His shooting is tops among the regulars and is even better than his free-throw percentage of 63.8.
"I'm not surprised [by instant success]; I'm just thankful I got the opportunity to do this and not sit the bench," Williams said. "I'm taking advantage of this opportunity."
The game Williams is most proud of this season came Dec. 18 against Duquesne when he was fighting foul trouble in the first half.
"I came back strong in the second half and finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds," he said of a 73-60 victory over the Dukes.
On Saturday, Ohio put together its most impressive victory of the season, an 80-54 rout of MAC rival Kent State. That win raised the Bobcats to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Williams had 13 rebounds, six points and three steals, hitting the only two shots he took from the field.
"Most of my shots are from 6 feet or closer," he said. "But I'm working on my outside shot. I have a 15-foot jumper. I just need to shoot it more."
Another quick start
Siena freshman Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) became a starter after seven games this season and has been on a tear since.
He leads the squad in assists (39), is averaging 4.6 rebounds and has twice been MAAC Rookie of the Week.
Bengel hits 1,000
Jen Bengel (Roland Park) became only the eighth player in Gettysburg women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, scoring 17 last Thursday night in a 90-52 romp over Haverford.
Bengel leads the Centennial Conference in scoring (16.8).
Another former Roland Park player, Franklin & Marshall senior Lauren Dodrill, tops the Centennial in rebounding (12.8) and is 11th in scoring (12.6).
Lauer comes back strong
Highly regarded West Virginia senior wrestler Brandon Lauer (River Hill) has returned to the mat after taking a medical redshirt last season because of a shoulder injury, giving him two more years of eligibility.
Lauer is off to a 9-3 start at 141 pounds, registering four pins.
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