Central Arkansas Christian's Christyn Williams added to her long list of honors on Saturday when she was named the National Girls Gatorade Player of the Year.
Making the surprise announcement at Bryant's Salt County Sports Performance Center was Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player in 2015 and who currently plays for the Washington Mystics.
“She's a beast,” Delle Donne said of Williams. “You look at the way she plays and the way she uses her body, she just takes over games.”
Williams, a 5-foot-11 point guard, is coming off a spectacular senior season for CAC, where she led the Mustangs to a Class 4A state championship and a 36-1 overall record, best in school history.
Williams averaged a double-double for the year with 26.8 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, while adding an average of 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals.
She has been the state Gatorade Player of the Year the least two seasons and is a four-time all-state high school player.
In addition, she was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School Player of the Year, the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year and Morgan Wootten Player of the Year. She will also play in next week's McDonald's All-American game in Atlanta.
She is considered the No. 1 recruit in the country by espnW and has signed with the University of Connecticut.
Williams is already looking forward to what's next.
“I'll go out there this summer,” she said. “I think it will be around Memorial Day and get started.”
Williams, who played for the USA Basketball Women's U19 National Team, will see familiar faces at UConn, as two teammates on the national team – Crystal Dangerfield and Megan Walker – are currently playing for the No. 1 Lady Huskies and coach Geno Auriemma.
Williams is a third Arkansas high school player to earn Gatorade's national honor. Most recently, it was Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain in 2005 for football, and Russellville's Corliss Williamson was the boys player of the year in basketball in 1992.