HAMMOND, La. – Brusly High School forward Caitlyn Williams will continue her academic and athletic endeavors as a member of the Southeastern Louisiana women’s basketball program, Lady Lion head coach Ayla Guzzardo announced on Thursday.
The 6-0 Williams is the third addition made for 2017-18 by SLU. She joins November signee Morgan Carrier (5-9, G/F, New Iberia, La.) and transfer forward Jyar Francis (6-1, F, Ponchatoula, La.), who is currently enrolled at Southeastern after transferring from Wichita State and will be eligible to compete at the conclusion of the Fall 2017 semester.
The signing of Williams is the next step for Guzzardo and her staff towards increasing the team’s overall size, athleticism and versatility.
“Caitlyn is an awesome addition to our program,” Guzzardo said. “She’s versatile enough to play multiple positions. We believe her remarkable length and athletic ability, combined with a high motor, will make her difficult to defend. We’re excited to add Caitlyn to our roster and for all the things yet to come for her over the next four years as a Lady Lion.”
Williams has been a star on both the basketball and volleyball courts for the Panthers. In basketball, she was a two-time All-State and three-time All-District 6-3A performer during her time at BHS. Williams averaged a double-double in both her junior (21.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg) and senior (18.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg) seasons and finished her career having topped the 1,000-point plateau.
As a volleyball player, she twice was named District 6-3A MVP and was a two-time first team All-District and All-Metro selection. Athletic ability is in her genes, as her father Walter was a professional football player from 2001-06 and was a member of the Super Bowl XXXVI champion New England Patriots.
Williams will make her collegiate debut when the Lady Lions open the 2017-18 season in early November.
Southeastern Louisiana 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Additions
Morgan Carrier – 5-9 – G/F – New Iberia, La. – New Iberia HS*
Jyar Francis – 6-1 – F – Ponchatoula, La. – Wichita State – Ponchatoula HS**
Caitlyn Williams – 6-0 – F – Brusly, La. – Brusly HS
* – Signed during November signing period
** – Currently enrolled at Southeastern and will be eligible at end of fall semester