Devon Williams was a redshirt junior back in 2015, and in just the 3rd game of the Lobo Basketball season, his college career would come to an end. He collapsed in UNM’s game with NMSU and was later diagnosed as having spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spine. Doctors told Devon that he would never play basketball again.
“Without basketball, I don’t know what I would be doing. It’s hard to see it, just because I have been playing all my life. You know, ever since I was like eight or 9-years-old, and to have that taken away from you its like, ok what is the next step”, said Devon Williams.
After graduating from UNM the now 24-year-old has gotten back into the sport. He is set to compete with the “Albuquerque Hoops,” a team that’s part of the “TBT’ or “The Basketball Tournament.” This is a nationally televised tournament that shown on ESPN and has a $2 million prize for the winning team.
This is a huge step for Williams as he just started feeling totally comfortable playing 100 percent on the court just a year ago, after seeing a spinal specialist in Texas. “It felt amazing just to be able, one to be on the court, and two just be able to play with contact. As soon as I was able to get cleared, then that competitive edge came back and something clicked in my mind saying what do I need to do to start getting into it”, said Williams.
Devon isn’t just stopping here though, as he also has plans to play professionally. With the help of his family and former high school coach, Devon is now on track to play overseas. “I am also pursuing overseas ball and everything. I might have the chance to play in Argentina and I have tryouts in July”, said Williams.
This tryout could interfere with the “TBT”, but Devon is working on the schedule to be able to do both.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Devon is currently raising funds to help with the costs to go to Argentina. He has set up a GoFundMe page to help with his basketball journey.
You can read more on this and donate by following this link >> https://www.gofundme.com/dreams-hopes-and-basketball