And the All-Acadiana boys' basketball MVP is...

Trey Labat
Greg Williams, LCA

The Lafayette Christian Knights have seen some talented basketball players come through their gym in recent years.

The Broussard twins, Jacob and Jordan, with Jacob continuing his career with the Ragin' Cajuns.

The LeDoux twins, Kalcob and Jacob, with both playing for McNeese in Lake Charles now and Kalob breaking a freshman scoring record set by NBA legend Joe Dumars in his debut season.

And even this season with top recruit and future LSU Tiger Galen Alexander on the team despite his truncated season due to injury.

But there's just something about junior guard Greg Williams that has always stood out.

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Maybe it's the breathtaking athleticism, the same athleticism that has seen him put countless defenders on a 'poster' since his eighth grade season with the Knights.

Maybe it's the highly advanced passing and handle, the same skill-set that could potentially turn him into a star college or even NBA point guard one day.

Maybe it's just the joy that he plays the game with, the same joy that breaks through in even the most tense moments of games in the form of a big smile.

Whatever it is, the combination of all of those traits helped Williams lead the Knights to their first-ever boys' basketball state championship this season in a win over Southern Lab in Lake Charles.

And because of the incredible skill-set and accomplishments this season, Williams has been named the All-Acadiana boys' basketball MVP.

Earlier this season, Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks said if they Knights were going to win a state championship they would have to rely on Williams' prodigious talent and leadership ability.

"He knows and understands his leadership role," Starks said. "If we as a team and he as an individual want to win a state championship, he's going to have to be that guy. And he's accepted that role. He's a phenomenal talent."

Williams was that guy and the Knights won a state championship game many didn't think they could win against Southern Lab.

It was all of the doubt that drove the Knights and Williams throughout the season.

“All the doubters (pushed us over the top) this season. Nobody gave us any press. They wrote us off,” said LCA coach Byron Starks. “I kept telling this team all year long: 'You’re going to be good.' They fought. They came to practice. They worked hard — probably harder than any team I’ve ever coached.

“We might be short on the talent end… but they believed. They cared about each other, and they loved each other. That’s what got us over the hump.”

Williams echoed that sentiment.

"I think it was a special season because a lot of people didn't think we could do it and that gave us the extra fuel," Williams said. "It helped us to come together as a team even more to get it done. With a lot of people leaving last season I had to step up and be that main person to keep everyone together.

"It was a big role and I knew coach Byron trusted me in doing that."

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