Not many high school athletes can play multiple positions in basketball, then transform into a state champion sprinter in the spring.
Which is why Centennial’s Tamera Williams had a popular phone number among women’s college basketball coaches.
Williams, a senior wing, orally committed to New Mexico State’s basketball program Tuesday night following her trip to campus last weekend.
“The coaches were really cool. I enjoyed myself when I went there,” Williams said. “They actually have been wanting me since I was a freshman.”
Williams picked New Mexico State over scholarship offers from UNLV and Delaware State.
Williams sprinted to success on the hardwood and track last season, being named the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s High School Female Athlete of the Year.
The 5-foot-9-inch Williams averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals, helping the Bulldogs (29-3) win the Sunset Region title on her way to third-team all-state honors.
"One thing about Tamera is, she’s really versatile," Centennial girls basketball coach Karen Weitz said. "She can jump out of the gym. She gets off the floor so quickly, we can use her at the one through five spots."
In track, Williams won the Class 4A state 200-meter dash crown in 24.65 seconds to clinch the Bulldogs’ team title. She was second in the state 100 final in 12.07 seconds and anchored the 400 relay team that won in 47.7.
“You can’t teach speed and some of the stuff she does,” Weitz said.
Williams joins Centennial teammates Jada Brown (Kansas) and Breanna Workman (Arizona) as seniors committed as the Nov. 14 signing day approaches.
"Now we don’t have to worry about recruiting or where we’re going. We’re already committed," Williams said.
VISIT TIME — Clark senior shooting guard Sir Washington plans to leave Friday morning for his official visit to Eastern Washington.
Washington also has an offer from Northern Arizona, but he seemed to be leaning toward the Eagles.
“I think we’re trying to go on another visit to see how other schools are,” Washington said. “Most likely I’m going to be committing to Eastern Washington. Not sure yet, though.”
The 6-3 Washington averaged 12.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists on his way to All-Sunset Region honors last season.
Clark coach Chad Beeten said junior forward Diontae Jones also has offers from Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona, and UNLV is among the schools evaluating the defensive standout.
SOFTBALL COMMITMENTS — Arbor View senior infielder Karli Lehr committed to Brigham Young, and Centennial senior infielder Bailie Nelson chose Division II Colorado Christian.
Lehr hit .598 with 20 RBIs last season on her way to first-team all-state honors.
RETROACTIVE FORFEITS — Western’s girls soccer team forfeited matches Aug. 31 against Del Sol, Sept. 6 against Mojave and Sept. 11 against Adelson School for using an ineligible player.
Sunrise Mountain’s boys soccer team forfeited Sept. 6 against Virgin Valley and Sept. 11 against Boulder City.