Kam Bailey and Davian Williams, both products of Vicksburg High School, signed collegiate basketball scholarships on Wednesday.

Coach Julius Williams, Coach Kelvin Carter, Coach Lee Bell, Davian Williams and Kam Bailey: Photo by Richard Miller
Coach Julius Williams, Coach Kelvin Carter, Coach Lee Bell, Davian Williams and Kam Bailey: Photo by Richard Miller

Davian:

Williams will be playing Division 1 basketball at Alcorn State University. He has made his mark at VHS as he led the Gators in points for the last couple of years.

“I’m very excited and I feel like D1 fits me and I know that I’m well prepared for this level,” Williams said.

Davian Williams signing day
Davian Williams signing day: Photo by Richard Miller

After leading VHS to back-to-back 20-plus win seasons, Williams earned the attention of ASU Head Coach Landon Bussie. He chose Alcorn’s program over a various amount of junior colleges.

“Coach Bussie showed lots of interest in me and he started recruiting me in my senior year and brought me out for a visit where I fell in love with the program,” he said.

Davian has been in the varsity spotlight since his tenth grade season where he was first named a starter under Head Coach Kelvin Carter. Just two years later, Williams was the key figure in the Gators’ program where he averaged 23 points per game in his senior year where VHS reached the second round of the playoffs.

Williams put up big numbers against teams like Warren Central and Callaway in 2024 as he had a dominating varsity career by being selected as the District Offensive Player of the Year, Mississippi Hoops Challenge MVP, MVP of the North/South All-Star Game along with being selected as VDN’s Player of the Year in both 2023 and 2024.

Williams put in some major work to accomplish his goal but he he didn’t hesitate to thank those who stood by his side.

“I want to thank my coaches, teammates, parents, AAU coaches, and anyone who supported me during my career,” Williams said.

Davian is the son of Herbert Williams and Davina McGowan. He is the first player from Vicksburg to sign a D1 basketball scholarship straight out of high school since 2011(Mychal Ammons).

Davian Williams signing day
Davian Williams signing day: Photo by Richard Miller

Kam Bailey:

Bailey will be taking his talents to Holmes Community College. After dominating on the varsity level, Kam will now have the opportunity to showcase his skills on the collegiate level.

Kam Bailey signing day
Kam Bailey signing day: Photo by Richard Miller

“I’m real excited to play college ball and it’ll be a different experience for me so I’m ready,” Kam said.

Bailey made a name for himself by going hard inside the paint where he helped VHS secure wins over schools like Neshoba Central and Lake Cormorant.

2024 was magical for Bailey as he put up over 15 points per game along with grabbing over 13 rebounds each performance. He was quickly selected as an All-District Player and earned a chance to play on the next level.

“It was a great year but I felt I could’ve done better but my parents and coaches kept me motivated all year,” he added.

Kam made lots of memories on the basketball court during his time at VHS but he recalls his favorite memory is when he got his first dunk against Terry High School.

Bailey stands at 6’8” and he chose Holmes CC over schools such as Co-Lin and a host of other junior colleges.

After putting in much work to achieve his goals, Kam still acknowledged those who helped make it possible.

“I want to thank my family and coaches, especially Coach Bell,” he said. “Also I want to thank my teammates for everything.

Kam Bailey signing day
Coach Julius Williams, Coach Kelvin Carter and Coach Lee Bell with Kam Bailey: Photo by Richard Miller

Kam is the son of Kimetha Hall and Micheal Russel.