Jaydon Williams of Turlock High is a unique basketball talent that only comes around every so often and there is no surprise that she is this year’s All-Journal Player of the Year.
Williams has earned the honors for the third straight year as well as league MVP honors for the third consecutive season.
She earned every bit of it along with the praise from her peers.
“I have been at Turlock for 13 years and she is the best player to come out of there, her rebounding, blocked shots and assists, not just scoring,” said THS head coach John Williams. “It was tough for her, but she never slowed down and instead of playing travel ball she would play with her team, but it was always playing with her team and helping them get better.”
Williams was a highly sought out talent after her outstanding freshman campaign at Turlock High, which saw the culture change back to its winning ways after being in a hiatus for several years that included multiple and consecutive losing years.
During her freshman season she averaged 11.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game along with four steals per game.
As a sophomore she averaged 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds along with 4.1 steals per game.
Prior to getting injured last season, Williams averaged 11.4 points, 2.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.
She also managed to persevere and overcome recent obstacles that included recovering from an ACL tear she sustained in the middle of league play during 2017-18.
Williams’ competitive spirit and determination left her hungry to bounce back, and be even better.
“Her best season was junior year and sometimes she would turn it on and be unstoppable and then she tore her ACL, but every day she would work with our trainer and then she would go out and work on it by herself,” said John Williams. “They were shooting for December for a comeback and it depended on her and how hard she worked and in November he cleared her to play. That’s how determined she was to come back and play for her senior year.”
She capped off her senior year averaging 15.7 points per game while earning league Most Valuable Player honors for the third straight year, this year in the Central California Athletic League. She won honors in the Central California Conference the prior two seasons.
In all but the first six games, Williams averaged 7.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 5.2 steals and 2.1 blocks per game.
“She is a competitor and doesn’t like to lose or be told she cannot do something,” said John Williams.
The last three years, Turlock won 20, 21 and 20 games, respectively, while going a combined 30-4 in league play during that three-year span.
Williams has humbly and quietly verbally committed to Stanislaus after being recruited and offered multiple scholarships, including Division-I offers.
All-Journal Girls Basketball
Player of the Year: Jaydon Williams (Turlock)
Coach of the Year: John Williams (Turlock)
All-Area/All-Journal Girls Basketball Team:
Jessica Smith (Pitman)
Sydney Smith (Pitman)
Jada Washington (Turlock)
Sofia Andres (Turlock)
Joana Azevedo (Turlock)
Paige Vieira (Turlock Christian)
Abigail Kirkendall (Turlock Christian)
Danika Muller (Turlock Christian)
Mayah Salas (Turlock Christian)
Kristen Fletcher (Denair)