Central Arkansas Christian’s Christyn Williams will unveil her college choice Friday morning when she signs to play basketball for either Connecticut or South Carolina.
Williams, the Lady Mustangs’ 5-11 ambidextrous guard who is the top-ranked guard and the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2018, according to espn.com, will sign at the CAC gym on Coach Q Court.
CAC coach Steve Quattlebaum said Monday he didn’t know her choice.
“I don’t have a clue,” he said. “I think she knows. This is something she’s been working on for, really, her whole life, but especially the last three years or so. It’s kind of a culmination of her dream, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Williams took official visits this fall to UCLA, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and UConn. She is bidding to become the state’s first three-time Gatorade Arkansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year after earning bronze, gold and silver medals for Team USA in international play the last two summers.
Quattlebaum said the signing would signal some relief for all the Lady Mustangs after years of recruiting interest in Williams.
“It will cut down on the number of calls she’s getting, and she’ll just have the peace of mind of knowing where she’s going to be, just like any other senior planning for the future,” he said.
Williams and the Lady Mustangs got started Saturday on their quest for their first state championship since 2007 with a jamboree at Dardanelle, where they faced the host Lady Lizards and Heber Springs in two quarters each.
“We beat Dardanelle seven or eight and then we beat Heber pretty good, 44-9,” Quattlebaum said. “We didn’t play real well in the first game, but a lot of that had to do with them. Dardanelle was playing really hard, and they did a good job of pressuring us, and we didn’t handle it very well. And we missed a lot of shots. We were nervous. They made us work for it.
“Against Heber, we shot the ball really well. I feel pretty good — we’ve got a lot of work to do, but the effort was good, and for the most part, our execution was decent.”
CAC will officially open the season against Van Buren in the Paragould tournament Nov. 16.
The Lady Mustangs will play in combined conference 4A-3A District 9 along with Baptist Prep, Bauxite, Episcopal Collegiate, eStem, LISA Academy, Lonoke, Mayflower and Joe T. Robinson. The Lady Mustangs must win one game in the 2-4A District Tournament to advance to the post-season.
The Lady Mustangs finished 29-5 last year after losing three of their last four games, including a Class 4A state quarterfinal game with Berryville.