When Adelphi Christian Academy closed two years ago, it left several talented basketball players in limbo. Adelphi’s head coach, John Jordan, had built a strong roster of area players as well as international transplants who were making the most of their time at Adelphi to get college scholarships. Andrew Williams was one of the local players who was forced to look for somewhere else to go to further his hoop dreams.
On Friday, with an assist from his old coach, Williams might have finally found a solid landing place. Williams signed a letter of intent to play for a revitalized men’s basketball program at Wentworth Military Academy – where Jordan serves as assistant athletic director and women’s basketball coach.
“I’m going there because of my old coach,” Williams said at a signing ceremony held at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Jordan in attendance along with Williams’ parents – Tony and Carla – and girlfriend Ashley Smith. “I trust his judgement. I don’t know my path, so I’m just going for it.”
After Adelphi closed, Williams bounced around. He attended prep schools in Spartanburg and Charlotte, but his game and grades suffered. Williams didn’t play organized basketball last year, but Jordan hadn’t forgotten about the young man who he said was a low to mid-level Division I basketball prospect when he coached him.
Now he’s helped provide Williams with the opportunity to get back on track and move toward the possibility of transferring to a four-year college.
“He’s getting the chance. He can play Division I basketball if he does what he’s supposed to do,” Jordan said, referring to the military program located 40 minutes outside of Kansas City, Mo., that will demand improved performance in academics and overall focus. “He’s going to get structure and discipline.”
After what Jordan said was a 10-year absence of athletics at Wentworth, the men’s basketball program has flourished since its revival two years ago. It has sent nine players on to four-year college campuses, and Jordan said Williams is a better player than any of those members of the Red Dragons.
“He’s a great athlete, and they did not have players like him last year,” Jordan said of the combo guard who’s best assets on the court are his ability to get to the basket and work ethic. “He plays hard. He’ll run through a brick wall for you.”
Williams said he’s able to play either guard position and is willing to do what’s asked of him. He’s hoping to improve his skills with his left hand and straighten out to move on to a bigger college program.
“I’m going to go and finish what I need to do and try and make it to Division I,” Williams said.
Noah Feit is the sports editor for the Aiken Standard and has been a professional journalist for more than 14 years after graduating from Syracuse University.