Zada Williams Joins Gators, Eligible for 2018-19 Season

Zada Williams (pronounced ZAY-duh), a 6-foot-2 forward, has signed a Southeastern Conference Agreement to join the Gator basketball program, Head CoachCameron Newbauer announced Monday.

Williams spent the previous two seasons at the University of Miami, where she compiled 57 points and 47 rebounds, while she converted 55.8 percent (24-43) of her shots from the floor for the veteran-laden Hurricanes.

Williams, a native of Babson Park, Fla., will have two years of eligibility with the Gators beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Coach Cam on Zada

“Zada is a tough player. She provides much needed size and skill at the forward position for us. She embodies everything we want in the character and passion in our program. She has a skill set that compliments how we will play. Although she will have to sit out one year because of the NCAA transfer rules, Zada will make an immediate impact through her presence at practice, in the locker room and in the campus community.”

Zada on becoming a Gator

“I’m excited to wear the Orange & Blue. I’m ready to put in the work and show the world what I’m capable of. I’m excited about competing in the SEC. I can’t wait to get on campus. Coach Cam is a ball of energy and you can’t help but get excited about being around that. He really seems to care about his players outside of basketball.”

Prep Days

  • Williams graduated from Lake Wales (Fla.) High School located just south of Lakeland
  • Named FABC/Source Hoops 6A Second Team All-State and First Team All-County her senior year
  • McDonald’s All-American Game nominee
  • Team Captain her senior year

Florida’s Incoming Class

  • Mikayla Hayes (6-2, Forward, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota/Park Center HS) [name pronunciation: mih-KAY-la]
  • Tameria Johnson (5-6, Point Guard, Ocala, Florida/West Port HS) [name pronunciation: tah-MAIR-ee-uh]
  • Jalaysha Thomas (6-2, Forward, Ocala, Florida/West Port HS) [name pronunciation: jah-LAY-shu]
  • Zada Williams (6-2, Forward, Babson Park, Florida/Lake Wales HS) [name pronunciation: ZAY-duh]


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