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Huron grad Dante Williams adopts new role at Oakland
come in at 65 and we have a lot of guys around 610 but we dont have anyone in between, the coach said. Dante comes in for us and fills in that void we have for a player between 66 and 69. Hes a long athlete and he makes alot of good plays. Kampe also said that Williams is the rare player that can contribute without having to score a lot of points. We need Dante to rebound and play defense, Kampe said. He doesnt need to have the ball to help this team. We consider him a glue guy. The kind of guy that can hold the team together without being a big scorer. On this team, his role isnt to score. In two years, his role will to be the stud. And hes got a chance to do that. But right now, this team has some strong senior players, and Dante will have to make the most of the minutes he gets. That doesnt seem to bother Williams, who is doing what he can with every At a glance: minute. I just love to Dante Williams play, he said. I Postion: Forward love to play for Height: 6-6 Oakland and I Weight: 171 love to play for Year: Freshman coach Kampe. Hometown (High school): Its nice to start Ann Arbor (Huron) as a freshman, Major: Biology because I still Parents: Roy and Terri have three more Williams years to play. If I Thoughts on OUs go out there and upcoming game with score zero points Michigan: Im from Ann or if I score 15 Arbor, so I know its going points, it doesnt to be huge. But weve just matter as long as got to look at it as any other we win. game. Kampe said Williams attitude has been good, considering that he has gone from being a go-to-guy in high school, to being a role player for the Golden Grizzlies. Hes adopted his role, Kampe said. It can be hard for some guys, but Dantes doing a good job. He knows if he rebounds and defends, hell get minutes. Its easy to do what we ask when you know it dictates your playing time. In eight games this season, Williams is averaging 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 points per game. Its a great place to play basketball, Williams said of Oakland. Its not a huge school, but we still get to play big games. And the fans are amazing. The Grizz Gang (the OU student section) is awesome. We could be playing a regular Summit League game or a game against Tennessee, either way, the fans are going to go crazy. Oakland is currently on a 6-game winning streak. Contact staff writer Mike Larson at (734) 4297380 or mlarson@A2Journal.com. You can also follow him on Facebook at @Milarso on Twitter.

A2 Journal

By Mike Larson

Photo courtesy of Oakland University Athletics

Former Huron standout Dante Williams attempts a free throw for Oakland University. As a freshman, Williams has already cracked the starting lineup for the D1 Golden Grizzlies.

Dante Williams has never been a role player. As a basketball star for Ann Arbor Huron, Williams was often one of the best players on the floor, regardless of who the River Rats were playing. He won three varsity letters as a member of the Huron basketball team, he was a Dream Team honorable mention and an all-state honoree. Now, though, as a freshman for Oakland University, a Division I school in Rochester, Mich. (6-2 overall, 20 Summit League), Williams is discovering the finer points of playing limited minutes. I get in where I can, he said last week after Oakland defeated South Dakota 101-83. Its like coming in as a freshman in high school. I look up to the older players like Drew (Valentine), Reggie (Hamilton) and Travis (Bader). I want to be just like them. Against South Dakota, Williams scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time. Although Williams isnt playing the entire game, he is far from a benchwarmer. In fact, as a freshman, Williams has stepped into a starting role for Oakland, the Summit Leagues back-to-back champions. According to OU coach Greg Kampe, Williams size and tenacity two of the big reasons he has cracked the starting line-up. We have a lot of guys who

We need Dante to rebound and play defense. He doesnt need to have the ball to help this team. We consider him a glue guy. The kind of guy that can hold the team together without being a big scorer.
GREG KAMPE Oakland University head basketball coach