Meet The Team

Aja Williams


  • Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi 

  • High School: Provine High School 

  • Bachelor of Arts from California State University Bakersfield 

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Aja attended Provine High School, and was named a member of the Dandy Dozen- emblematic of the Top 12 Prep Players in the state of Mississippi. While at Provine, she averaged 22.6 points, helping the Lady Rams win their second straight district tournament title (in Mississippi’s Class 6A) appearance in the state tournament as a senior. Aja was also named: The Clarion Ledger’s All-Metro Player of the Year, Member of the 1000 points club, MVP for 2013- 2014, and played in Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. 

After offers from over fifteen schools from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Conference USA, Big Ten and more, Aja attended Holmes Community College, where she obtained her A.A. As a freshman, she averaged 18.5 ppg (29th in NJCAA Division I) and 5.2 rebounds per game which led her team to appearances in the MACJC State Tournament and the Region XXIII Tournament. Additionally, she was named Region XXIII First Team All State and All Region. In her sophomore year: Williams averaged 19 ppg; was named Third Team All- American; inducted into 2016 Hall of Fame; was named Region XXII First Team All State, All Region; played in The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College All Star game, and led her team to appearances in both the MACJC State and the Region XXIII

After graduating, Aja completed her B.A. at California State University Bakersfield and Scored 27 points
in her CSUB debut. There, she averaged 11.3 points and 4.0 rebounds and scored 35 points off 11-of-23 shots against California, tied the program record for most made three-point field goals in a game with nine against the Bears; broke the program record for three-point field goals attempted with 17 against the
Bears. Aja earned Madness WAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while she was second on the team in assists with 71 totaled 32 steals; and named to the All-WAC Newcomer Team. In her senior year at CSU Bakersfield Athletics, Aja, coming off the bench, led the Roadrunners in scoring with 12.0 points per game, was second on the team in made three- pointers (39). She finished the season with the second-most rebounds on the team (Ooo), totaled 58 assists, tied for second on the team in steals and blocks, was named to the Preseason All-WAC second team and earned first team All-WAC honors after leading the Roadrunners to their first Championship appearance in school history.

After a stellar career at CSUB, Aja started her journey as an entrepreneur and started her first project.
N.B.G. is an original clothing line founded by an individual with a dream to improve human rights. Never
Betray the Game (NBG) was designed to reach all age, gender, and race groups for a stand against Animosity, Betrayal and Crime. Before playing professionally for CD Talent in Santander, Cantabria, Spain, Aja held two "Stop the Violence" events under N.B.G. to shine a light on violence in the communities and to provide positive alternatives. Williams then landed a spot on the Atlanta Monarchs, who later made an appearance in the finals for the WBDA.

Aja, a former Atlanta Monarchs guard is now taking her love for the game and entrepreneurial spirit to
the business side of the court. Being the youngest team owner of The Women’s Professional Basketball
Association (WPBA) at the age of twenty three, Aja purchased the first professional women’s basketball
team in the state of Mississippi.

Erica S. Smith

Head Coach

  • Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi 

  • High School: Provine High School 

  • Jackson State University Alumni

  • Current Head Girls Basketball Coach at Provine High School

Erica Stringfellow Smith is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She is a two-time graduate of Jackson State
University. While at Jackson State she was a member of the 1993-1994 Jackson State Lady Tiger
Basketball and Volleyball Teams. Coach Smith also is a graduate of Provine High School in Jackson (MS),
where she is currently in her 8th season as the Head Girls Basketball Coach. While at Provine High
School she has led the Lady Rams to 3 District Championships and State Tournament appearances. The
Lady Rams finished #1 in district play for the 2019-2020 season with a record of 17-9 (5-1). Before becoming a head coach she was an assistant for Lanier High School for 9 years. 


During her time as an assistant at Lanier, the Lady Bulldogs became 5A State Champs with a 30-0 record. The Lady Bulldogs would go on to have a 57 game winning streak. As the 9th grade coach at Lanier High School, Coach Smith led the Lady Bulldogs to three City Championships 2008 (9-1), 2010 (10-0), and 2011 (10-0). During her coaching career she has coached Dandy Dozen players (top 12 players in the state of MS),
Metro Players of the Year and has helped young ladies develop and maximize their potential in the
fundamental skills and drills for the game of basketball. 


She is most proud to see the young ladies she’s coached use those lessons, philosophies and discipline she stressed as part of her program to give back and become great leaders and productive members of society.

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