Yesterday, news broke that Kasen Williams is Parade Magazine’s Player of the Year. Not a player of the year, THE player.
Turned out that Williams’ senior season was so impressive they didn’t just name him to the first team, they made him the Player of the Year. Williams is one of 53 players from 22 states selected by Parade editors with the help of The Sporting News. He will appear on the cover of the Feb. 6 issue of Parade.
“He overperformed this season, if anything,” said Emmet Sullivan, an associate editor at Parade. “He outperformed himself. He set all new school records and, when you look at it, it was pretty obvious that he was No. 1 to us.”
Since the first Parade All-America team was selected in 1963, Williams is the first player from Washington to be named Player of the Year. Williams joins a list that has featured Seantrel Henderson (2010), Terrelle Pryor (2008) and Jimmy Clausen (2007) in recent years.
That puts Williams in some pretty impressive company. Congratulations.
Stats Link: Kasen Williams