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Height: 5'8"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Stephenson H.S.



Outstanding all-around player who led all CAA freshmen in points scored (314), while ranking fourth overall among all CAA players with 72 steals...Played in 41 games in two years, scoring 399 points (9.7)...Had 85 career steals, 170 career rebounds (4.1) and 81 assists...Suspended from team and final game was on Jan. 17 vs. Towson.

Had 22 career double-figure games of 41 played with career-best of 23 points as freshman.

Was named to CAA-All Rookie team...Voted a team tri-captain as a freshman...Her 946 minutes played were second most on team..

Tied school record with nine steals in a game.

Was Metro Atlanta high school player of year who came from state championship program.


Played in 9 games with 2 starts...Was suspended at start of season, returned and then was dismissed from team after Jan. 17 game.

Finished with 85 points (7.7), 31 rebounds (2.8), 13 steals, 20 assists...Shot .781 from free throw line (25-of-32).

Scored 20 points vs. VCU (1/14) on 8-of-10 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws...Hit 15 points vs. Towson (1/17) with 9-of-10 free throws...Scored 10 points at Iona (12/18) and vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (12/30)...Hit 8-for-8 from the free throw line in that Maryland Eastern Shore game


Started all 30 games at two-guard spot, earning CAA All-Rookie honors...Led all CAA freshmen in scoring with 314 points (10.5 avg.) to rank 18th overall in league...Scored in double figures in 18 games, most among all CAA freshman...Was second on Panthers in scoring...Had double-figure games in 11 of 18 CAA contests.

Aggressive defender who had 71 steals to rank second on team, fourth overall in CAA and 62nd in NCAA...Tied the school single-game record with nine steals vs. Mississippi Valley State on 12/29...Also had seven-steal game at Charleston (11/29) and six-steal game at George Mason (2/8)...Had seven or more rebounds in seven games.

Finished third on team in rebounding average (4.6) and had the second-most rebounds on team (139), while also having third most assists (61) on team...Averaged 31.5 minutes per game, second most on team, and logged 946 total minutes...

Scored first basket of 2008-09 season for team in win at Clemson (11/22) and scored 10 points on 5-of-9 field goals with four assists in that first-ever collegiate game and win...Had a streak of nine consecutive double-figure scoring games from 1/8 thru 2/1 (all CAA

CAA All-Rookie Williams
Season high was 23 points with 11-for-18 field goals in win over Louisiana Lafayette in Blazer Invitational and named to that All-Tournament team...Scored 17 points in win over Delaware State (12/21), aided by 9-for-10 free throw shooting. Just missed double-double with nine rebounds in that win...Posted a top CAA game of 16 points at Towson (1/22).

Was Most Valuable Player of Georgia State Invitational with 13 points, nine steals, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Mississippi Valley State (12/29) and 13 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists in win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi...

Produced one double-double game with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Hofstra (1/25)...Led team with 13 points on five-of-nine field goals in win over Delaware (1/11) and had 12 points, four assists and three steals in school's first-ever win over Old Dominion (1/29)...Had 14 points and contributed five steals in school-record 30-steal game vs. Presbyterian (12/2).


The Atlanta Tipoff Club chose Williams as the Metro Atlanta Player of the Year for all divisions and the Atlanta Journal Constitution selected her as the Georgia 5A Player of the Year...Signed with the program in April during the 2008 spring signing period.

Played for head coach Dennis Watkins and the Jaguars of Stephenson High as the leading scorer on the 2007-08 state champion 29-3 team.

Averaged 18 points a game in 2007-08 for a team-oriented program that had never had a player average 15 points or more a game before she did...Had top scoring games of 34 and 33 points with a nine-steal game and four games with seven or more assists.

As a senior, averaged 4.0 steals per game, 3.6 assists and shot 76 percent from the free throw line...Once made 16-of-18 free throws in a game...Stepped up in the biggest games of the year (the state semifinal win over the No. 1 seed and the state championship game) by leading her team in scoring with 20 and 15 points, respectively, while holding the other team’s leading scorer to nine points...In that tournament win over the top seed, Williams fueld a defenisve full-court press and scored 17 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Finished as the all-time leading scorer in Stephenson history ...Her teams won the Region 2 championship and advanced to the final four round all four years...Averaged 15.2 per game as a junior with 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 steals for the 31-1 Jaguars.

Among her other honors was being named Most Valuable Player at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the MVP of the Gregg Street All-Star Classic and the two-time MVP of the DeKalb County Thanksgiving Classic.

Jylisa competed in volleyball for two years at Stephenson, ran track for two years (400 meters and 4x400 relay) and played one year of softball as a catcher.

She began athletic competition as a youth playing AAU soccer for three years, winning a championship, before taking up basketball in sixth grade...She was her track team’s MVP at Stephenson Middle School. She played AAU basketball with the Georgia Peaches, the Georgia Metros and the Dream Team.

A highly-sought prospect, Williams also received interest from Alabama, LSU, Jacksonville State, VCU, UNC Wilmington and Alabama State. She made a campus visit to CAA rival VCU.


Full name is Jylisa Richelle Williams... Born Dec. 12, 1989 in Atlanta... Nickname is “Jeezy”... Parents are Joe Williams and Felecia Williams... Has two older brothers, Joe and Keith, and one older sister, Karmen.

Oldest brother Keith, 25, played college football at Florida A&M and professional football in the Canadian Football League. He was in the Montreal Alouettes camp in 2007 and signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2008.

Jylisa played the saxophone at Stephenson Middle School and was first chair...Fan of Lebron James, Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant... Favorite teams are the Boston Celtics and Georgia State Panthers... Enjoys listening to music (favorite performer is Atlanta-based Grammy nominee Keyshia Cole) and watching or participating in most sports... Chose Georgia State because she loves her hometown city and wanted to represent the city and state...Aspires to become a basketball coach...Has worked as a volunteer assistant coach with an 11 & under team at Browns Mill Recreation Center...Plans to major in kinesiology and health.














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