Ariya Crook-Williams

Ariya Crook-Williams

Point Guard

CLASS: 2011



  • Long Beach, CAHometown
  • Long Beach Polytechnic High School
  • 5-7Height
  • Weight
  • 16Overall Rank
  • 3Position Rank
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ESPN Player Evaluations

Nike TOC-Dec. 10: Anytime she's on the floor has the ability to dictate the pace of the game at both ends. Pushing the ball at opportunity and looking to create offense from defense. While at her best in transition on the attack, she has the ability to score prolifically in the halfcourt as well. Her range forces tight closeouts that play right into her hands and allow her to penetrate almost at will. Occasionally her decision making on the drive could be sharper but more often than not she's going to produce points or assists. (Lewis)

USA U17 Trials-June 10: There was every reason for Crook-Williams to get off to a slow start in the trials. She admittedly underperformed a year ago and air travel issues led to a late arrival. But she hit the court focused and turned in a constant performance throughout the five sessions. She controlled tempo and in a setting with very few guards knocking down perimeter shots, she shot the 3 better than most. She balanced attacking the paint with running the offense very well. This was perhaps her most controlled showing but not conservative by any stretch. She was one of the better perimeter defenders as well. If she brings this kind of effort and play to the upcoming viewing period, the Cal Sparks are going to be a tough team to beat. (Hansen)

Deep South-April '10: She is has improved her physical conditioning and it shows in her game. She is a high energy player, with high basketball IQ and the intangibles needed to be a point guard. She is very accurate from beyond the arc and she understands the importance of shot selection.

Nike TOC-Dec. '09: Strong and attacking point guard. Impressive individual skills allow her to get by most defenders with ease. In the paint she can get her own looks or make the easy pass once the defense rotates. Her own jumper has good range but could stand a little more consistency to keep opponents honest. The decision making that she's showing is sharper and more intuitive than in the past. Aggressive defenders did seem to force her into a more conservative approach but she took care of the ball and continued to play under control.

Ariya is as fearless point guard as they come. Regardless of the pressure, this court general had the presence of mind to make every right decision this weekend. Whether it was pushing tempo, blowing by a defender, or orchestrating the half court set-up; Ariya was always in control. She distributes the ball with ease and proficiency. Didn%u2019t see much scoring other than off the bounce, although she seems to demonstrate the skill set necessary to be an outside threat.

USA U16 Trials-May '09: Long Beach Poly guard Ariya Crook-Williams has the body to take the punishment of the more physical international and college games. She is one of the best at getting into the defender's hips and opening them up. She had a really nice run on Saturday when paired up with Ariel Massengale. The point-guard duo led to a lot of open shots for everyone on the floor. Crook-Williams didn't shoot the ball as consistently as she has in the past. She could be factor in future national teams.

Spring Fling-May '09: She was injured during the winter, lacking some of her usual luster during the Nike Regional Skills Academy in Santa Ana, Calif., last month, but was back to the dynamic, star-in-the-making we pegged Crook-Williams to be during her freshman season at Long Beach Poly. Few play with more swagger and fearlessness. Maybe a little short, at a compact 5-7, for the 2, Crook-Williams has few deficiencies as a scorer. Her handles are nasty, her long-range launches tight and weave her way through opposing defenses. She can take and initiate contact in traffic and finds ways most would never consider putting the ball through the hoop. One might wish her to be a bit more applied at the defensive end, but Crook-Williams can be opportunistic with the pick or in passing lanes.

Deep South Classic-April '09: On our radar for some time now, Crook-Williams is getting to stretch her wings a bit at shooting guard this spring and summer. A tremendously explosive, small package, she has the strength to deliver easy heaves from long distance and has the speed, shiftiness and armour to be a devastating finisher off the bounce. Plus her mid-range game continues to grow. As a freshman at Poly, she was the big-shot artist on what literally was a star-studded roster. Crook-Williams remains one of our favorites from the point because of her take-charge attitude, her ability to make plays for teammates by piercing defenses or forcing them to collapse around her. She also can be a pesky on-ball defender with quick feet and hands.

Spring '08: Ariya Crook-Williams was my favorite player from the Deep South Classic tournament. She is so explosive and hardly anyone can catch her off the dribble. She has excellent vision of the court and I didn't see anyone steal the ball from her. She made passes that made you think she had eyes in the back of her head, though I think because of her height (she's just 5-7), she does sometimes float her passes over the press. She gets low and plays defense and plays with intensity all game. Crook-Williams just came off her freshman year and will be a force to be reckoned with throughout her career.


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