Jaydon Williams of Turlock High is a special talent and that is why she was named the 2017-18 Turlock Journal Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
“Being back-to-back journal player of the year is an honor,” said Williams. “I couldn’t have accomplished anything these past three years without my teammates pushing me every day in practice and making me a better player and person.”
Williams has embraced her potential with humility since her freshman year.
Her extremely dominating presence on the court, standing just above 6-foot even, has made her a physically overpowering problem for opponents.
She also has the ability to react quickly and steal the ball.
She averaged 3.8 steals per game, tallying a team-high 95 in 22 games played. She also finished with a team best 39 blocks.
“I would not be as successful as I am right now if it wasn’t for my coaches, teammates and the support of my family,” said Williams. “I’m blessed to have such great coaches who have taught me everything I know.”
One of those coaches is Mark Musselman at Turlock High.
Since Williams stepped on the court, wearing the blue, white and yellow, all of the teams she has been a part of in three years have notched winning seasons.
The Bulldogs of Turlock also concluded back-to-back 20-plus win seasons.
To make things sweeter for the ‘Dogs, Williams earned the Central California Conference Most Valuable Player award for the second straight season.
She was also a vital asset in Turlock capping off their final year in the CCC as winners, earning that title for their second straight season.
“Honestly, winning CCC back to back is probably one of the best feelings ever. It was a great experience to play in the CCC, but I’m excited to see what the new league has to offer,” said Williams.
Next fall, Turlock, along with Pitman, will be joining the newly developed Central California Athletic League with four other Modesto area schools.
But before then, they had to settle their business in league one final time.
It happened with a convincing 11-1 CCC record.
Williams led all scorers on the team averaging 11.4 points per game and adding 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
She also notched 20 points or more in five different games.
Despite the great season, Williams suffered a season ending injury with five games remaining, however, she was still recognized as the best in the area by her peers and coaches.
“Now we need to grow and to develop as a team each year and to give ourselves the best chance to win,” said Williams. “I want to continue playing ball after high school I don’t know where yet, but I am hoping to get more looks.”
All-Area/All-Journal Girls Basketball Team
Player of the Year: Jaydon Williams (Turlock)
Hailey Chavez (Hilmar)
Sarah Musselman (Turlock)
Hope Salsig (Turlock)
Paige Vieira (Turlock Christian)
Kaylin Randhawa (Pitman)
Cameron Swanson (Turlock Christian)
Jada Washington (Turlock)
Jessica Smith (Pitman)
Mayan Salas (Turlock Christian)
Sydney Smith (Pitman)
Danika Muller (Turlock Christian)
Liz Flores (Hilmar)
Kristen Fletcher (Denair)
Mariana Lopez (Delhi)