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RALEIGH - Wakefield High School's Elise Williams committed to play basketball at Wake Forest University when she graduates in 2021. The junior made her announcement via Twitter April 2.
"I really like Wake Forest," Williams said. "They have a tremendous coaching staff. I know I can come in and help them out a lot. Everything there is great. I like it a lot."
Williams is coming off a season where she averaged nearly 20 points per game. The NAC 6 conference player of the year also hauled in 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 steals, 4.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
Wakefield won their second straight NAC 6 conference championship by going undefeated against conference opponents for the second year in a row. The Wolverines made it to the third round of the 4A state playoffs before they were defeated by Millbrook 56-52.
"I think this year played out better than most people thought," Williams said. "We started out rough with everyone figuring out their roles and where they are. I feel like we had a good season this year. No one thought we would do much this year after all our seniors left. We just couldn't get over the hump with Millbrook, but other than that we had an awesome season."
Even though she has another year left at Wakefield, Williams is already excited about how she can contribute to a Wake Forest team that went 16-16 overall this past season.
"The Wake Forest coaching staff told me I was going to play a little bit of point guard, but mostly play at the wing position," Williams said. "I think I can do a good job with that."
For now, Williams is focusing on finishing her high school career on a high note. She said she only has one goal in mind for her senior year.
"I want a state championship next year," Williams said. "Everything else is just OK. Once I get that state title, everything else will fall into place for me."