Scott County’s Malea Williams signs to play basketball for Louisville


GEORGETOWN, Ky (WTVQ) – Scott County’s Malea Williams will be wearing red again next year, but it will be Louisville red. Williams announcing on Monday she’s committed and signed to play for the Cardinals. So why wait until June to commit? She says she chose to put academics first.

“I stopped communicating with coaches so I could stay in school and be a kid for awhile,” said Williams. “I feel like when I got all of that controlled, I was able to reopen.”

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And when Williams decided she wanted basketball to be a big part of her future, Louisville was her choice.

“At first, I just wanted to graduate and go straight into my major, but I thought about more and I decided to maybe go pro after college,” says Williams. “I felt like I needed a top program. And someone who has great coaches and can get me to the best I can be and Louisville was the closest school for me to pick from.”

This past season Williams was the 11th Region Player of the Year. Her career featured two trips to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen. She finished her career with 1,347 points and 1,102 rebounds. Another big help was playing with elite talent. Former SC teammates Maliiya Owens and Morgan DeFoor are both D-1 talents.

“Honestly, I think it helped a lot because I’m playing with better competition and practicing with them. I’ve learned a lot from the girls I’ve played with in the past”

Williams knows she’ll have to step her game up to play at a program who has played in a final four and elite eight in the last two seasons.

“Well I’m not gonna lie, at first I was scared. I’m going to be 17 playing against grown women, but at the same I realize that majority of the girls it’s no different from AAU. We’re all going bigger now,” said Williams. “I’ve played against great competition before and I’ve learned a lot from them. And so I’m hoping to go to a new school and I’m hoping to learn more from them and hopefully I’ll be able to put it all together.”

At 6’4”, you can’t teach height, but it’s what Williams can do at her height that helps her excel on the court.

“When I watch taller girls play, our athleticism isn’t the same. So I feel like I’m blessed being able to get up and down the court being 6’4”. My dribbled and stuff could use some work, but I feel like I’m pretty decent.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas