NEW Worcester Wolves recruit Kai Williams believes a top-four finish in the British Basketball League is within the team’s capabilities.
Wolves are brimming with confidence after beating champions Newcastle Eagles 88-73 last Saturday, in which the small forward scored 20 points as a replacement, and are currently fifth in the table.
Although they have lost more games than the teams above them, the arrival of Williams, alongside the return of point-guard Sherrad Prezzie-Blue, has given them extra impetus.
The Canadian-born player is relishing the challenge and also calling on the Wolves fans to continue to their support.
He said: “The aim is to see the regular season out strongly and get as high a play-off position as we can and then try and make a run for the play-offs.
“Looking at the pieces that we have and our position right now, I definitely think that we can make a run for the top four. I don’t think it’s going to be easy but I definitely believe that we’re capable of doing that.
“I’ve noticed in the BBL that if you have a goood home crowd you can usually win on any given night so if we want to finish in the top four we’re definitely going to need our fans behind us.”
Williams, who was on the roster at Cheshire Jets last term, arrived at Wolves last week having started the season with Apollon Limassol in Cyprus.
Brought in following the departure of Stuart Thomson, the 24-year-old feels he has made the right move for his career.
“All the guys are unselfish, I like to think that I’m an unselfish player as well so I think it could be a very good opportunity and a good year for me,” said Williams, whose brother Jamal plays for Plymouth Raiders.
“It’s extremely organised, I like that the university’s involved and that we have access to all the facilities and the strength and conditioning so it’s a very good set-up, I’m very impressed.”
Head coach Paul James has been delighted with Williams’ impact and reckons the 6ft 6ins player will give Wolves even more options.
He said: “With the exception of Sherrad Prezzie-Blue, the starters will be the same as they have before with Arnas Kazlauskas, Kai and Kalil Irving coming off the bench.
“It makes us deeper and stronger and we can play teams with a lot more pressure for longer periods of time.”
Meanwhile, Arturas Masiulis has secured a place in the BBL team of the week.
The 6ft 11ins Lithuanian centre earned his debut spot after recording statistics of 20 points and 13 rebounds against Newcastle. Williams was named as one of six replacements.