ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Westover's Allec Williams has a love for sports medicine that derived from him being on the mend. That's only part of the reason he's our our Colony Bank Student-Athlete of the week.
"I was going for a loose ball," recalled Williams of a region tournament game against Monroe. "And came back with 4 stitches and a sprained wrist. But I didn't want to lose. So I had to come back and help my team win."
It's only right that Allec Williams is nursing an injury through Westover's hottest run this season.
The shifty guard led the Patriots past two higher seeded teams to an unexpected region championship.
To better understand his grit and determination, it takes an understanding of how he handled breaking his collar bone three times as a child.
"Each time he learned more and more about the ligaments and the muscles and the bone structure of the body," said his mother Tracy Williams.
"I was always fascinated by injuries," said Westover's senior leader.
That's how Allec became interested in sports medicine. Now as a senior guard he sports a 3.5 GPA that compliments his 3-point jump shot.
Allec is well-aware basketball can pay his way to becoming an athletic trainer. And he has his older sister A'Deia to thank for that.
"She went out there and played basketball one day," said Allec. "And me being the younger brother I just wanted to do what she was doing. So she taught me how to play until I got better than her."
"She would always say, 'You didn't do it right, try again!'," said his mother Tracy. "And so again he followed her lead and developed because he's been very studious and so Allec has just taken it to a whole nother level."
A level his head coach Dallis Smith is all-too-familiar with.
"Those are the type of kids you like to build your program around," said Smith. "And that's what we did starting when he was a sophomore and a junior. Because he's always had those traits."
Allec is a quiet leader. But he'll look to speak softly and carry a big stick throughout the playoffs.
"We're starting to peak at the right time.," said the 5'11" guard. "And hopefully we can bring home a state championship."