Rice dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Saturday
Wayne Graham said --"John showed he is a much-improved player from the fall. He has a chance to help us in the outfield and as a left-handed pitcher. He runs really well. He's one of the fastest on the team."
At Rice -- 2012: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Did not appear in any game action in first season with the program... Played for the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate League over the summer.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Lamar High School in Houston... Second Team All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle, Houston5ABaseball.com, and the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) as a senior in 2011... Named the District 20-5A Player of the Year as a senior, helping lead the Redskins to a 33-7-1 record and to the 5A Region III semi-finals... Three-time all-district selection, including first team honors in 2011 and 2010... Twice played in the HABCA all-star game... Selected to play on Team Texas, which won the 2011 Heartland Classic in Norman, Okla... Hit .452 with seven home runs, 51 runs scored, 40 RBI and 20 stolen bases in the team's 41 games... Went 9-2 with a 2.00 ERA on the mound, registering 79 strikeouts in 65 innings of work... Season highlight was pitching a no-hitter against district rival Bellaire... Served as a team co-captain for head coach Mike McGilvary... Was named to the 2011 Preseason All-Greater Houston team by the Houston Athletic Committee after a sensation junior season where he batted .445 with 11 home runs and had a .927 slugging percentage... Played on the West University Senior League World Series Championship Team in 2009... Outstanding student... Maintained a 4.39 grade point average to graduate in the Top 10 percent of his class.
Personal -- Full name: John Garland Williamson. Born: September 27, 1992, in Houston. Parents: Jimmy Williamson and Ann Blackwood of Houston (two brothers). Brother, James, was a four-year baseball letterman at William & Mary (2006-2009)...