High school basketball player killed in Rocklin crash remembered

Friends, teachers and coaches are mourning the loss of Anthony Williams after he was killed over the weekend in a crash in Rocklin. People left flowers and balloons at 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 in the road when a driver hit and killed him at about 8:30 pm on 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 played basketball there, too.”He was 6’8″, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School’s Director of Athletics and Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach.”As a basketball player, the sky was the limit for him — so much potential.”Beyond basketball, French said Williams was great with children. “I have three little boys, and all three of them are crushed right now because of the loss of Anthony because of how much time he put into them and every little kid he ever came around the game with. That was when Anthony really shined,” French said. Williams also trained at the Youth Basketball Academy. Coach Chris Collins said he grew close with Williams, eventually becoming his foster parent and letting him move in.” You know, he had a really tough childhood and upbringing,” French said. Jeff Darrow taught Williams back in middle school in Carmichael.”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 just 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 over the weekend in a crash in Rocklin.

People left flowers and balloons at 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 in the road when a driver hit and killed him at about 8:30 pm on 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 played basketball there, too.

“He was 6’8″, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School’s Director of Athletics and Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. “As a basketball player, the sky was the limit for him—so much potential.”

Beyond basketball, French said Williams was great with children.

“I have three little boys, and all three of them are crushed right now because of the loss of Anthony because of how much time he put into them and every little kid he ever came around the game with. That was when Anthony really shined, “French said.

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

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

Jeff Darrow taught Williams back in middle school in Carmichael.

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

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