MANHATTAN, Kansas – Former K-State forward Peyton Williams has parlayed a strong professional debut in Europe into a training camp roster invitation from defending WNBA champions, the Seattle Storm.
Williams, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, played her first professional season in the 2020-21 season with Spartak Vidnoe in Moscow. During the regular season in the Russian PBL, Williams averaged 8.6 points on a .528 field goal percentage and a .722 free throw percentage. She also hauled in 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
In four Euroleague games against the top women’s teams across Europe, Williams averaged a team-high 19.5 points on a .692 field goal percentage, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals.
The Seattle Storm finished the 2020 season in the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida, with an 18-4 regular season record. The Storm completed its run to the 2020 title with a three-game sweep of the Las Vegas Aces.
The Storm are led on the sideline by head coach Dan Hughes and paced on the floor by Sue Bird and reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart. Williams will play with a familiar face, as fellow silver medalist on the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team Kiana Williams from Stanford was drafted in the second round of the 2021 WNBA Draft by the Storm.
Among her many career women’s basketball honors, Williams was a candidate for national awards including the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and the Katrina McClain Award in the 2019-20 season.
Williams, a two-sport star with the Wildcats, completed her K-State women’s basketball career as the first player in program history with the combination of 1,500 or more points, 900 or more rebounds, 200 or more assists, 150 or more steals and 100 or more blocks. She ranks among the top-15 in program history for career points (9th; 1,553), rebounds (3rd; 967), blocks (6th; 119), field goals made (10th; 585) and free throws made (5th; 333).
In volleyball, Williams garnered 2019 All-Big 12 Second Team and was selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2017.
In addition to her on-court honors in both sports, Williams was just as stellar as a double major in anthropology and international studies with a minor in political science. Prior to her graduation in May of 2020, she collected a number of academic honors including: 2020 Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team (women’s basketball), 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team (women’s basketball), four CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors (women’s basketball and volleyball), six-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team, a two-time Big 12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the 2019 Big 12/Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipient and 2016-17 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team.