Remembrance of high school basketball player killed in Rocklin crash

Friends, teachers and coaches are mourning the loss of Anthony Williams after he was killed in a crash in Rocklin over the weekend. People left flowers and balloons on a growing memorial at the crash site off Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive. The Rocklin Police Department said a man, later identified as Williams, was walking down the road when a driver struck and killed him around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Williams was on the basketball team at Inderkum High School, where he was a senior. . Before that, he attended Whitney High School in Rocklin and also played basketball there. “He was 6’8″, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, director of Whitney High School of Athletics and head basketball coach of the Varsity Boys. “As a basketball player the sky was the limit for him – so much potential. Beyond basketball, French said Williams was great with the kids. They’re crushed right now because of the loss. of Anthony because of the time he put into it and every little kid he came into the game with. That’s when Anthony really shined,” French said. Williams also trained at the Youth Basketball Academy. Coach Chris Collins said he grew close to Williams, eventually becoming his adoptive parent and letting him move in. “Poor guy. You know, he had a really tough childhood and upbringing,” French said. . Jeff Darrow taught Williams at Carmichael Middle School. “He had a lot of people on his side,” Darrow said. “A lot of people wanted to see him succeed. Those who knew Williams described him as having a larger-than-life personality. “He was such a fun kid and people wanted to be around him and he had this infectious personality,” Darrow said.

Friends, teachers and coaches are mourning the loss of Anthony Williams after he was killed in a crash in Rocklin over the weekend.

People left flowers and balloons on a growing memorial at the crash site near Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive. The Rocklin Police Department said a man, later identified as Williams, was walking down the road when a driver struck and killed him around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Williams was on the basketball team at Inderkum High School, where he was a senior. Before that, he attended Whitney High School in Rocklin and also played basketball there.

“He was 6’8″, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School athletic director and head basketball coach for the Varsity Boys. “As a basketball player the sky was the limit for him – so much potential.”

Beyond basketball, French said Williams was great with the kids.

“I have three little boys, and all three of them are crushed right now because of losing Anthony to the time he’s put in and every little kid he’s come into the game with. C That’s when Anthony really shone,” the Frenchman said.

Williams also trained at the Youth Basketball Academy. Coach Chris Collins said he grew close to Williams, eventually becoming his adoptive parent and letting him move in.

“Poor guy. You know, he had a really tough childhood and upbringing,” French said.

Jeff Darrow taught Williams at Carmichael Middle School.

“He had a lot of people on his side,” Darrow said. “A lot of people wanted to see him succeed.”

Those who knew Williams described him as having a larger-than-life personality.

“He was such a fun kid and people wanted to be around him and he had this infectious personality,” Darrow said.

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