Skills and Drills Clinics


James “Rudy” Williams is the professional behind all of Ithaca Elite’s innovative skills and drills clinics.

Who is James Williams?James Williams

James grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he started playing basketball at the age of 12. James went to Vashon High School in St. Louis where he played varsity as a freshman (which is unheard of at Vashon High because of the talent level). His team won the 1994 Missouri State Championship. James finished his high school career as a top 100 McDonalds All-American, a AAU National Champion, All American with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Thomas, and Lester Earl. After High School James went to Dixie Junior College in St. George, Utah as a two-year starter he averaged a 24pts, 12reb, 5ast, 4blk, was a first team Juco and Academic All-American with a 4.0 gpa and also led his team to two Region 9 championships and a national championship runner-up his sophomore year. After two years at Dixie, James was invited to play with the Junior Olympic Basketball team that campaigned in New Zealand where him and the Juco-All-American cast won the gold! Soon after James signed at Cal-State Long Beach where he played and finished and received his Bachelor’s Degree. After playing at Long Beach, James remained active with a pro basketball career from 2002 thru 2011. He has played as a LA Lakers practice player until he left to play abroad. James WilliamsThe first place James played was Cucuta, Colombia and a host of other countries including Poland, Turkey, China, Finland, Spain, Kuwait and most recently has played in Jordan for Orthodox Club 2011, where he led his club to the semifinals in the running for Asia Cup.

James is more than qualified to teach basketball to the youth with his experience and knowledge of the game of basketball on and off the court you are for sure going to see a major change with your kid in the Ithaca Elite Basketball Club program.

Besides James’ athletic accolades as a basketball player, his most cherished accomplishments are his wife Sheryl and children JC & Gabi!