Woodbridge senior Nygle Williams hopes to lead the Warriors to back-to-back Pacific Coast League championships.

Woodbridge High’s leading man

by Tim Burt

Talk about a fast learner.

Woodbridge High forward Nygle Williams just started playing basketball four years ago. Now the 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior is team captain and is expected to lead the Warriors to repeat as Pacific Coast League champions.

“Nygle has come so far since his freshman year,” Woodbridge Coach Steve Scoggin says. “When your best player has that drive, it rubs off on everyone else in the program. Last year, I challenged him to set the mentality of the team and be the player to change the culture for many years to come.”

It worked. Williams earned all-PCL first-team honors by averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds a game, including several games with 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Now he’s out to prove he’s one of the best players in Orange County. And he has a plan.

“Just be dominant on both sides of the court, lift my teammates up and be a leader,” he says. “And do what I do best: rebound, defend and score – and keep the momentum up.”

“When your best player has that drive, it rubs off on everyone else in the program.” – Woodbridge Coach Steve Scoggin

One of his favorite parts about basketball is playing defense. But he also loves to score.

“You have to take it personally,” he says. “Scoring is just confidence; you have to know you’re the best player on the court and just prove it.”

Williams works just as hard off the court as he does on the court.

“I make sure to live in the weight room so that I’m stronger than everyone,” he says. “I like to be physical and have contact, so I like to make sure I can outmuscle my opponent. I take pride in my work ethic.”

Williams has set impressive goals for himself. He wants to lead the Warriors to another league title, earn league MVP honors and help the Warriors “make a good run in CIF playoffs.”

He’s also focused on his future and wants to play college basketball next season.

Several programs have already contacted him, including Dartmouth, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Air Force Academy, American University and Holy Cross.

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