Although Rockwall-Heath Athletic Director Kasie Brewer acknowledges the school has produced many “phenomenal players,” one dynasty that stands out is the Williamson family.
Senior Samuel Williamson, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is the latest star athlete to join sister Sara Williamson, a 5-foot-10 guard at Abilene Christian University, and their older brother was a National Merit Scholar.
Together the trio exemplify the team-first mentality Brewer said the school strives to instill in all players.
In fact, she said without Samuel’s ability to put the other players first, the team would not have reached the success it has enjoyed this year.
“He has all aspects of the game: he can shoot the three, has a beautiful jump shot, has some tremendous jumps, is an amazing shot blocker and a great defender,” Brewer said in an interview with the Texas Scorecard. “But when I went to see him play, what stood out was he includes his full team.”
Samuel’s prowess on the court landed him a spot as one of 24 high-school seniors chosen for the McDonald’s All-American Tournament this year, as well as a full scholarship to play for the Louisville Cardinals under new head Coach Chris Makk, Brewer said.
Other than an athletic heritage via his family (Sara’s college bio states their cousin John Leverson was a football player at the University of Nebraska), Samuel has evidently been willing to put in the training time necessary to excel at hoops. His workout regimen took advantage of a growth spurt between freshman and sophomore years, Brewer said.
“He’s a gym rat,” she explained. “He wants to be in gym all the time. Obviously, to be as good as he is, you have to sacrifice a lot of things, like doing things with friends on the weekends. [Instead] you’re usually in the gym. It’s paid off for him because he’s got a full [scholarship] to Louisville.”