Williams Attends Elite Student-Athlete Symposium

Sept. 11, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga men's basketball's Johnathan Williams attended the NCAA Elite Men's Basketball Student-Athlete Symposium this past weekend at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The symposium, which is a product of the NCAA Leadership Development program, is intended to educate college players on the expectations and responsibilities they may face should they become a professional athlete as well as discussions on other post- career opportunities. Among the features of the forum were a former student-athlete panel, agent and players' union discussions, engagement with professional leagues and a seminar on personal branding.

This was the second year for the symposium, which is designed for both football and men's basketball student-athletes who have an interest in continuing their playing careers professionally. The inaugural symposium for men's basketball took place in September 2016, while the football version was held in March of this year.

The symposiums are part of a larger effort of the Presidential Forum, which wants to ensure that the collegiate experience affords all student-athletes a pathway to opportunity. The membership wants to equip student-athletes with realistic expectations as to professional athletics careers.

Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season. He made 59 percent of his shots from the field, including 40 percent from behind-the-arc (16-of-40). He blocked 36 shots and made 27 steals in 2016-17.

The Memphis, Tenn. native, was named First Team All-West Coast Conference and the Most Outstanding Player on the All-Tournament Team during the NCAA Tournament West Regional in San Jose, Calif.



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