Point Park's Jerah'me Williams named KIAC Newcomer of the Year, All-KIACMarch 2, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. ET
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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's basketball point guard Jerah'me Williams had some individual honors come his way on Monday with the announcement of the All-KIAC teams and awards by the conference office. While the 5-9 junior from Youngstown, Ohio, is happy to be recognized, his focus is on the KIAC Tournament championship game Tuesday night at No. 19 IU East.
Williams, a transfer this year from NAIA Lourdes (Ohio) University, was named on Monday as the 2014-15 KIAC Men's Basketball Newcomer of the Year as well as a member of the 10-member All-KIAC team.
When the topic of the all-conference teams was brought up to him Monday, he preferred not to draw attention to it. As the only All-KIAC honoree from a Point Park team that has all five starters averaging double figures, Williams stands out as the leading scorer, assist man and 3-point shooter. Still, his humble reaction was that of team-first and focusing on the KIAC finals.
The Pioneers (16-12) play at No. 19 IU East (25-7) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Richmond, Ind. With a victory, Point Park can earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament. Williams has been a big part of Point Park getting to this point.
The product of Campbell Memorial High School, Williams ranks 24th in NAIA Division II and second in the KIAC with 19.2 ppg. He leads the conference with 6.9 assists per game, a number that ranks third nationally.
At 5-9, Williams leads all KIAC guards in field-goal percentage at 51 percent, which ranks seventh in the conference. From 3-point range, he leads the league at 44.9 percent. And from the free-throw line, Williams shoots 81 percent to rank fifth in the KIAC. His 3-point percentage is 13th in the nation.
Williams was a three-time all-state player at Campbell Memorial HS. He started his college career at Lourdes, where he spent two seasons. He has started 25 of 28 games on the year at Point Park and has started the last 25 straight. He came ofF the bench his first three games scoring 32, 20 and 23 points and has been a starter ever since.
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