Tuesday, March 02, 2004
By Adrienne Betts
UA Media Relations
Lucky Williams didn’t grow up dreaming of being a basketball player. In fact, soccer has always been his first love. However, at the age of 16, when he first played basketball, Lucky knew it was the sport for him.
Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria in Africa, Lucky moved to New York during his junior year of high school. Coming to America was a difficult journey, but Lucky will be the first to say that it was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
Did you always know you wanted to play college basketball?
“Actually, soccer was the first sport that I ever played. But eventually, I started playing basketball and liked it. I didn’t know it would ever become such a big part of my life, though.”
You have a teammate, Akini Adkins, who is from Cameroon. Do you share a special bond with him since you are both from other countries?
“We have a special friendship because we both come from Africa. We are not from the same country, but Nigeria and Cameroon both have similar cultures. Sometimes we talk about memories of stuff we miss from home.”
You lived in New Jersey, New York, and Birmingham before coming to Tuscaloosa. What has been your favorite place to live?
“I like Alabama as a whole. I never saw snow until I moved to New Jersey, so that was really neat, but it is too cold there. Alabama is not crowded and is very peaceful. The weather is nice here.”
Do you have any superstitions?
“I don’t have any personally, but as a team we do. If we are not playing well, we will change seats on the bench until we start to play better. Then we keep those seats for the rest of the game.”
Who are some of your role models?
“My mother is my number one role model. She is a very special lady to me and I love her.”
Who do you mold your game after?
“Latrell Sprewell. I’ve always liked him. He is the person who inspired me to play basketball. I like his style.”
What is your favorite food?
“My favorite American food is rice. But back home, I loved to eat Fufu with egusi soup. Fufu is kind of like a yam. They don’t have that in America.”
What is your favorite television show?
“Friends and Tom and Jerry are my favorite. When Friends goes off the air, I will have to watch a lot more Tom and Jerry.”
What music are you listening to right now?
“I like all kinds of music, even country. Don Williams is what is in my CD player right now. Reggae is my favorite type of music though. I’m a big Bob Marley fan.”
What has been your favorite trip that the team has taken this year?
“The Bahamas was the best trip. It reminded me a lot of back home. It was beautiful there and we got to do a lot of fun things. I went snorkeling and saw beautiful fish in the ocean. They also had these huge aquariums all throughout the hotel.”
Where is your favorite place to play in the SEC?
“Kentucky was the best place this year. It is one of the biggest places in the SEC and was really crowded and loud.”
This season is about to come to a close. What will you do on your first day off?
“Honestly, the season never really stops. I will still have to lift weights and go to class after we finish playing this year. But without having practice anymore, I will probably catch up on my sleep.”
If Alabama gets in to the NCAA tournament, who do you hope you will play in the first round?
“We are ready for who ever might come our way. I would want to play Duke though. They would be a great challenge.”