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Peyton Williams

School

Kansas State

Position
Forward
Major
Anthropology & International Studies

Classroom

In addition to being a two-sport athlete, Peyton Williams is a double major in anthropology and international studies with a minor in political science and carries a 4.0 grade point average.

She has been recognized at both the national and conference levels for her academic achievements, which include: 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team, 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Second Team, 2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2019 recipient of the Big 12/Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team, a member of the 2016-17 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team and a six-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.

Character

Despite splitting her time as a two-sport athlete since stepping foot on campus, Peyton Williams has been viewed as a team leader since her sophomore season. In the 2018-19 season, her women’s basketball teammates voted her as a co-captain and as the team’s representative on the athletic department’s SAAC. In 2019-20, her fellow student-athletes on SAAC voted Williams into another leadership role as the vice president.

To help develop and prepare her for her leadership role, Williams was a member of the K-State leadership academy in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

On the floor, Williams has embraced her captaincy and provided vocal and physical leadership to the K-State women’s basketball program.

Community

Peyton Williams has been embraced by the Manhattan community because of her numerous endeavors throughout the community from elementary schools to senior assisted living facilities. In her four years at Kansas State, she has visited the Stoneybrook Health Rehabilitation Center to spend time with the residents by playing bingo, singing songs or celebrating the birthdays of the residents.

Williams has also taken part in basketball clinics at Fort Riley for members of the military families on the base and has also helped in outreach programs at Faxson Middle School in Kansas City, Missouri, and at Fort Riley Middle School by serving as a mentor for the students at the schools.

In previous years through K-State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), she has volunteered for the annual Special Olympics clinics and the Cats 4 Cans canned food drive which benefits the Flint Hills Breadbasket and the holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

Competition

Williams, a 2020 Katrina McClain Award candidate and a 2019-20 Preseason All-Big 12 selection, enters her final season as the fourth player in K-State history with 1,000 or more career points, 600 or more career rebounds and 80 or more career blocks.

Williams, a 2019 All-Big 12 First Team selection, led the Wildcats with 15.5 points per game (496 points) and free throw percentage (.833) in the 2018-19 season. She was the third player in program history to register 475 or more points and 300 or more rebounds in a single season.

She also pulled in a career-high 303 rebounds (9.5 rpg) and ranked second in the Big 12 for rebound average in all games. Her rebounding total in the 2018-19 season ranked fourth in program history for a single season and were the most by a Wildcat since the 2002-03 season.

Williams finished Big 12 play by averaging a double-double with 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds and was the first Wildcat to average a double-double in league play since the 2004-05 season.

She recorded a career-high and Big 12 best 14 double-doubles in the 2018-19 season. Her 14 double-doubles rank fourth in school history for double-doubles in a single season.

Williams was the second player in program history to garner Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors, as she recorded 37 blocks and a career-high 62 steals in the 2018-19 season.

During the summer of 2019, Williams earned a silver medal with the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team in Lima, Peru.