At Wesley College Homecoming in mid-October, 13 inductees will be honored as the latest entrants into the Wesley Athletics Hall of Fame.
One of them will be Caesar Rodney boys basketball coach Freeman Williams III, honored for his play on the court for the Wolverines.
When Williams first got word he was to be a part of the 2017 hall of fame class, he was overcome.
“I was excited obviously, and humbled too,” Williams said. “When I found out, I thought about the great teammates I had and the great experiences I had playing for coach [Jim] Wentworth; all of those things kind of came to me all at the same time.”
Closing in on more than two decades since graduating from Wesley, the hall of fame wasn’t something Williams had given much thought to, but he’s extremely proud of the honor.
“I never thought about it,” Williams said. “It’s one of those things, when you’re playing you’re trying to get better and be the best player you can be and the best teammate you can be, but you never think of something like that as a goal.”
Williams had a standout career on the hardwood for the Wolverines, where he was named first-team All-PAC, also earning Wesley’s Male Athlete of the Year award and the Francis R. Lore Jr. Award for Academic Achievement in 1999.
Along with making several all-tournament teams, Williams ended his career with the Wolverines as the all-time leader in career assists (331), steals (269) and three-pointers (212).
Williams still holds the record for most career assists and steals at Wesley, and ranks second all-time in three-pointers and eighth in both free-throws made and career points.
“Looking back, there’s a lot of great memories, and having those records is one of those things that I’m still amazed by because it’s not something, as a player, you’re looking to do - trying to set or break records,” Williams said. “You’re just focused on doing what you need to do to be a better player and be better as a collective team. I know they’ll be broken one day, but it’s still cool to have those.”
Now leading young men at Caesar Rodney, Williams says his time at Wesley was integral in helping him become the man and coach he is today.
“I learned a lot about family and being committed to your teammates and coaches; to have the opportunity to play college basketball is something I’m really proud of,” Williams said. “And now, to be able to coach the game and have a great staff around me, and be able to take the philosophies I learned there to try and build a program at CR is incredible. I look back on those relationships as a player and it’s what I look forward to doing more at CR.”