Dec. 20, 2016
Kam Williams is a redshirt junior on the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Baltimore, Md., native is averaging 10.6 points per game this season, including a career-best 23-point outburst in the Buckeyes’ season-opening win at Navy. Always a threat from long distance, Williams is shooting 40.1 percent from behind the arc in his career.
How did you decide to come to OSU?
Mainly for the winning tradition here. There have been a lot of great players that have come before me so I just wanted to follow in their footsteps and continue their legacy.
How long have you been doing playing basketball?
Since I was two years old. My dad first put the ball in my hand then and I haven’t put it down since.
Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals?
No. I just go out there and play.
What is your favorite part about basketball?
The rush that it gives. After I make a big play or a teammate does, it just gives you a feeling you can’t explain.
What is the hardest thing about basketball?
The grind. Putting in time every single day even when things may not be going how you want them to. You might have bad days but you have to stick with it through the ups and downs and remember why you pick up the ball in the first place.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose sociology because I’ve always been interested in how all different kinds of people interact.
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
My room. No TV on. No phone. Just quiet.
What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?
Sociology of violent behavior. It’s about the law and how there’s no gray area with it. It was a challenging class but I enjoyed it.
What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?
I have a pet turtle named Speedy back home.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Who do you most admire and why?
My parents. They shaped who I am today and they’re the first people I go to when I need advice. They’ve always been there for me and they’ve provided everything I have up to this point.
Describe OSU in one word.