FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the signing of three high school seniors for the 2011-12 season: guard Clayton Williams of Buford, Ga., and guards AJ Caldwell and Cameron Lee, both of Columbia.
Williams, 6-0 and 160 pounds, is a product of North Gwinnett High School, where he played for coaches Zac Smith and Matt Garner.
As a senior, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, while helping the Bulldogs to an 18-10 record. He shot 46 percent from the floor, including 46.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 83.3 percent at the foul line. He earned first-team All-Region (7-AAAAA) and All-Gwinnett County honors, garnered All-Tournament Team recognition, was selected to play in an All-Star Game, and was named his squad’s most valuable player. He was a three-year varsity starter, and a three-year team captain.
Caldwell, 6-2 and 145 pounds, comes to FMU from Eau Claire High School, where he played for coach Lamont Britt. This past year, he averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists per game, while helping the Shamrocks to an appearance in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals. He earned SCBCA All-State honors, was selected as an All-Region performer, was named his squad’s most valuable player, and gained All-Area honors from The State newspaper.
Lee, 6-2 and 195 pounds, is a graduate of Ridge View High School, where he played for coach John Combs. As a senior, the southpaw also averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists per game. He helped the Blazers to a spot in the AAAA state championship game. He was honored with All-State and All-Region recognition.
“Clayton was the best high school point guard I saw all year,” said Edwards. “He could contribute as a freshman, will bring stability to our point position, and I am looking at him as our point guard of the future.
“AJ is a product of a traditionally great high school program. He is very athletic, and a ‘slasher’ type player who can penetrate and get into the lane.
“Cameron was on a great high school squad this past year. He knows how to win. He is a great shooter who will add to our outside offensive attack. We are always looking to keep in-state talent here, and I am excited about AJ and Cameron joining our program.”
Francis Marion posted a 16-11 record this past season, the team’s third consecutive winning season – something that has not happened since the early 1990’s. FMU tied for third in the PBC’s East Division standings.