INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — "Basketball is life, a lot of people say that," said Trevion Williams. "But it really is life for me."
Trevion Williams is a 6-9 center at Henry Ford Academy in Detroit Michigan, and a Purdue Commit for the classs of 2022.
"I wanted to get away because I thought the violence level in Chicago was very high at the time," said Williams.
Growing up in an unsafe enviroment made the Chicago native strive for a better future. "Just knowing where I come from, the areas I lived in," said Williams. "Basketball was that way out, it was important to me."
Head coach Matt Painter giving Williams a huge oppportunity to bring his dominant skills to Mackey Arena.
"When they were recruiting me they said I can come right it, it'll be like another Biggie, Caleb Swanigan, and that's someone I look up to," said Williams. "Coming in they probably have the same body," said Eric Hunter Jr. "Trevion is super skilled, Biggie has always been skilled so he definitely reminds me of him."
But Williams dreams go far beyond the collegate level. "Once I started progressing, I saw myself playing in the NBA some day," said Williams.
In hopes that the NBA will be an outlet for another passion that he has.
"I want to start a foundation for kids, little things like that," said Williams. "Anything for the kids. I jusy want to be known for the basketball player that reahes out off the court. Good on the court, but off the court he's an even better person. I notice some NBA players may say I'm not in the mood to sign autographs, but I'm open to everybody."
And as he starts this new journey, he'll never forget how he got there.
"Life is short," said Willaims. " You want to take advantage of all of your opportunites and you want to go hard at anything you do."