By Jeff Borzello
Being the nephew of legendary AAU figure Boo Williams has its advantages. It has helped 2013 prospect Troy Williams get extra attention and the opportunity to play for one of the best travel team programs in the country.
Interestingly enough, it also had the effect of making Williams . . . underrated?
“People were underestimating me, saying I’m going to get somewhere because of my uncle,” Williams said. “I took it to heart and worked super hard and all the work paid off.”
The 6-foot-6 small forward from Hampton (Va.) is certainly not underrated anymore. His play on the spring AAU circuit with his uncle’s team helped his stock skyrocket, with one media outlet ranking him as high as sixth in the country.
Williams doesn’t compare himself to other elite prospects, saying that everyone is still working to fulfill their potential.
“We’re all the same and want the same thing,” he said. “We just get it different ways.”
Williams said he is working on his defense, shooting off the dribble and ball-handling, but plenty of schools are already interested in his current skill set.
The rising junior holds offers from Texas, Georgetown, South Florida, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Alabama, while Duke, Florida, Louisville and DePaul have also been in contact recently.
Williams hasn’t made much progress with the recruiting process, taking one trip to Virginia Tech so far.
“It was nice, peaceful,” he said. “Has an old-time feeling to it.”
Despite his lofty ranking and slew of college interest, Williams remains grounded when discussing his recruitment.
“For real, anybody that takes me,” he said when asked what would be the factors in his decision. “It doesn’t matter to me.”
Williams did get a little more specific – likely when he realized he would have his choice of destinations.
“Coaching style, style of play, how I fit in, and will I be playing in the game or just in practice,” he said.
With the rate he is improving, don’t expect Williams to be underestimated by too many more people.
- Julius Randle, one of the candidates for No. 1 in the class of 2013, has talked to Memphis, Baylor, Duke, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Florida lately.
The school most associated with Randle has been North Carolina. “It went really well,” Randle said when he spoke with Roy Williams recently. “They sit good.” He added he had no favorites, though – including the Tar Heels.
- The city of Chicago is loaded with high-major prospects in the class of 2013, not the least of which is Jaylon Tate. The 6-foot-1 De La Salle (Ill.) point guard has offers from Northwestern, Xavier and Providence, with interest coming from DePaul, West Virginia, Florida State, Illinois, Tennessee, Northern Iowa and Akron.
“We are excited about their interest and thankful that they’ve reached out to us,” Arisa Tate, Jaylon’s mother, said.
- Another big-time Chicago prospect in the class of 2013 is Kendrick Nunn, a point guard from Simeon (Ill.). The 6-foot-1 Nunn has offers from Providence, Memphis, Florida State, Ohio, Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Arizona and DePaul. Illinois and Providence are also showing interest, Nunn said.