One-on-One with Tacoma Community College Recruit Dominique Williams

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2010

First off, I would like to thank Dominique Williams for giving me the opportunity to do this interview with him.

Williams just graduated from Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Washington.

He played basketball at Curtis Senior High School, and he has chosen to take his skills to the next level and play at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington—a program that is among the best in the country.

Williams is a 5-foot-10, 150-pound guard who is well known for his shooting and passing. During his high school career, he averaged 18 points, four assists, four rebounds, and three steals per game.

Dominique was generous enough to answer 12 questions of mine.


Jonah Puls: Who would you give credit to for helping you most in reaching your full potential as a basketball player? For example, a parent, brother, coach, etc.


Dominique Williams: I would have to say my bigger brothers: Isaiah Thomas [who is not actually his real brother but is very close to him] and Darnell Williams.


Puls: What is a memory from high school basketball that will always stick with you?


Williams: When I was in the state tournament and my brother, Darnell, hit the game-winning bucket.


Puls: At what point in your life did you realize you could take your game past high school?


Williams: It was when I started getting letters my sophomore year from a lot of college coaches.


Puls: What was the first school that reached out to you about playing for them, and how did you feel about becoming recognized as an elite athlete?


Williams: I had my first letter come from Brown University in Rhode Island, and I got a lot of letters from Portland University after my junior year. I kept getting some from Portland University and a little bit from Portland State. Then, after my senior year, I got a lot from community colleges.


Puls: How did you feel about getting all the letters from these colleges?


Williams: It was good getting all the letters and stuff, but the letters didn’t really mean anything.


Puls: Why did you choose to attend Tacoma Community College?


Williams: They have a D-I coach there, and that coach gets everyone to the next level. Also, when I was at their games, I saw that they had a very good program.


Puls: What do you feel is your biggest strength heading into your collegiate career?


Williams: It would probably be my three-point shot.


Puls: Biggest weakness?


Williams: Being the smallest person on the court.


Puls: What goals would you like to accomplish during your time at Tacoma Community College?


Williams: Get to the next level: Division One.


Puls: What is your style of play?


Williams: I’m a shooter/passer. I can shoot, and that is something I like to do.


Puls: If you could name one person that people could compare you to, who would it be? Why?


Williams: I can’t really compare myself to a lot of players, because they are just different players. Like, Isaiah Thomas, he was a scorer, but he was way bigger than me. We all play a little bit the same, but everybody does something a little bit better than the other.


Puls: What advice would you give to the kids out there who want to “dream big” in hope of playing college basketball?


Williams: I would tell the kids to work hard in the gym every day, because you only get one opportunity, and opportunities don’t go away to someone else. You have to have a strong work ethic and dedication to be a great player.


That was a fantastic interview by Dominique and I wish him the best of luck as he moves onto his career at Tacoma Community College!


Follow Dominique Williams on Twitter @DomWill253