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DPS Office of Athletics
King High’s Janae Williams has the Lady Crusaders’ girls basketball team off to a fast start and has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
The 5-8 senior guard earned the honor after scoring 16 points with five assists in a 74-11 season-opening victory against Cody and posting a triple-double of 18 points, eight steals and six assists in a 68-34 nonleague victory against Romulus.
“She’s one of the top guards in the state and she’s the best guard in the city,’’ King coach William Winfield said. “That’s how I feel about her. Not only does she score, but she assists and she’s a top defender. Unlike a lot of other guards, she rebounds, too. That’s what separates her from everybody else.”
Williams was also a PSLer of the Week last season when she averaged 13 points and five assists to help the Lady Crusaders win their third consecutive PSL girls basketball crown. Williams has signed to play collegiately at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where she plans to major in physical therapy.
“She’s already set for college, so she doesn’t have to worry anymore about the recruiting process,” Winfield said. “All she has to do is play her game. She’s been a part of three city championships. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re looking forward to her leading us to another one, if we can.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.