The Times' boys' basketball player of the year: Ziaire Williams

The best way to rate an athlete is how they perform in the biggest games of the season, and Chatsworth Sierra Canyon’s Ziaire Williams took over during high school basketball games.

“He was great,” said coach Andre Chevalier. “He’s taken his game to the next level.”

When the pressure was greatest and the stakes were highest, Williams delivered repeatedly.

In the Southern Section Open Division Final against Santa Ana Mater Dei in The Pyramid, Williams scored 25 points in a 59-48 win. In the Southern California regional final against Etiwanda at Cal State Northridge, he made the winning shot when the buzzer sounded to give the Trailblazers a 63-61 victory after trailing 11 points with 2:43 left.

“It has always been like this,” the 6-foot-9 senior said of his reaction as the pressure mounts. My mind of course tells me to go into kill mode. I am so competitive. “

Williams always seemed to take up the challenge in the fourth quarter, when Sierra Canyon needed him most. He has never been allowed to play in the Open Division game for the state championship in Sacramento because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament to be canceled, but Williams’ last shot against Etiwanda will leave a lasting memory.

Williams has been selected for the Southland as The Times ‘player of the year in boys’ basketball.

He averaged 15 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists. His versatility combined with his lanky body made him a player who was hard to stop when he decided to assert himself at some point.

In 21 games for Sierra Canyon after qualifying after his transfer from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, he made an impact on the scorer attack and on the defense by blocking shots, kicking back and using his long arms to pass to bend.

Even when opponents kept a close eye on him, he showed the ability to take shots with one hand to his face. The joke was that you have to be 7 feet tall to even make him sweat to get his shot off.

“My height and wingspan help a lot,” said Williams.

Williams is arguably the country’s best uncommitted senior. UCLA, USC, North Carolina, Arizona, and Stanford are the schools he continues to evaluate without any idea when a final decision will be made.

“If I know, I’ll let everyone know,” he said.

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